“For me, it’s hard to hate what you know,” Scott said. “And it’s just so simple. It’s hard to hate what you know.”
The two senators are now asking that their constituents, as well as others, set aside Sunday to work on healing the nation of it’s racist issues.
“Sunday is a significant day for most families in America — still, in whatever way with their families, or faith or whatever it may be,” Lankford said. “And we said, ‘If you want to be part of the solution for race in America, set aside lunch or dinner and just invite a family over of another race, and just sit down and have a meal together.”
According to Scott, this initiative has already seemed to have a positive impact on people that have taken out the time to participate.
“It’s surprising how many people come back and say, ‘They’re just like me.’ What did you expect?” he said with a laugh. “It’s one of the reasons why people are comfortable with people like themselves. What they don’t realize is that we’re all about the same. We all struggle with finances, with kids, with spouses, some people struggle with the Patriots. I love the Cowboys.”
“It doesn’t cost anything,” Lankford said. “There’s no program, there’s no website, there’s not app for it. It’s just your family inviting another family over.”
Scott, who is an African American Republican in the South, which he admits makes him somewhat the equivalent of a “unicorn,” says that this particular initiative is just an extension of his own experiences.
“Every day of my life it’s a Senate lunch or a meeting in South Carolina, I find myself in a room that is consistently 100% white,” he explained. “And when I go home almost every weekend I’m having meals with my family and often times that could be all black. So it happens that I get to have both experiences, and that’s how I know how close we are all. We’re very similar. Very similar.”
He also said that the simplicity of just having dinner, without politics, is what makes the idea work.
“When you start bringing political issues, legislative priorities to the table, you start seeing people drift to their corners,” he said. “What you first have to do is build the rapport and credibility so that you actually can solve some of the problems that government has not solved in at least 50 years of intentional effort because it really can’t be solved there.”
So, what are your thoughts on this news? Do you agree with his sentiments at all? Or does this seem like a waste of time to you?
Give it a try and tell us what you think afterward.