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A nation divided: This small challenge could begin to bring us together


Not sure how to reach out to people who come from another culture? Maybe you can start with simply sharing a meal.

TV producer Riaz Patel joined Friday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about how to bring the country together in such a divided time. People seem to wake up and look at the internet to see what they want to be angry about that day. “It’s an addiction to conflict,” he said.

People need to learn how to approach others in non-threatening ways, and something very simple that everyone can use to reach out to other people is bonding over food.

“You have people who could learn so much from each other, who could actually enjoy each other’s company, who work in cubicles next to each other but can’t figure out, ‘How do I start the conversation?’” Patel explained.

His challenge to Doc Thompson, Kal Elsebai and Kris Cruz was to participate in a food taste-test swap involving a food associated with your childhood. Each food selection was graded on taste, presentation and how far outside your comfort zone it was since the goal was to try something new.

Doc’s contribution was to represent “average white people from rural Ohio,” so he brought deviled eggs, while Kal made hummus to eat with pita bread. Patel, who is originally from Pakistan, brought gulab jamun, a very sweet traditional dessert of spongy cake balls in syrup.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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