Lankford says there will be ‘uncomfortable moments’ on the road to racial healing
by Chris Casteel

WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. James Lankford received a photo of a friend, who is white, having Sunday supper with a black family.

The friend wasn’t just touching base. He was showing Lankford that he had responded to the senator’s challenge for Americans to invite someone of another race over for a Sunday meal and a conversation.

Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., issued the call in July as violence escalated between blacks and police.

Lankford recently discouraged a pastor from trying to arrange dinners. He wants people to do it themselves.

“I’d rather have people have that uncomfortable moment of thinking, ‘I don’t know who I would invite,’” Lankford said in an interview.

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