VIDEO: Lankford Calls For Racial Understanding, Dialogue On 'Solution Sundays'

Jul 17, 2016

U.S. Sen. James Lankford says he thinks racial tension in this country could be improved if people intentionally spent more time with each other in their homes.

During a floor speech Thursday, the state's junior Republican Senator suggested what he called "Solution Sundays" – sharing a meal with a person or family of a different race once a week in order to have a greater dialogue about race in the country.

"Everybody put their feet under the same table and to develop a friendship and a relationship,” Lankford said. “Every person can do that. Every person can be a part of the solution. Every person in our country can start to move that conversation a little farther. It's part of who we are. We don't solve things based on a vote in America. We solve things around our dinner table."

Lankford said he started discussing the idea earlier this week with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) South Carolina Republican Tim Scott, one of only two African-Americans in the chamber.

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