Race is a difficult topic to discuss in our country. It always has been and I do not see that changing any time soon. I hesitated to place a toe into the swirling waters of the complex issue of race relations in the U.S.; to gauge the temperature of the issue, but two things happened over last weekend that prompted me to jump in with both feet.

I attended the Purdue Northwest Sinai Forum on Sunday where speaker Jason Riley spoke to “Race and Understanding” and I watched Sunday professional football where the controversy surrounding the taking of a knee during the playing of the National Anthem escalated into a heated national discussion following remarks last Friday by our President.

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