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Lenny McAllister: Is America's 'Melting Pot' Going Up in Flames?

It doesn't have to. Why one of the most contentious things about America right now could be the very thing that unites us.


When I heard the news about the massacre in El Paso, like everyone, I thought oh no, not again. Then when we learned this was probably a hate crime, my heart sank even more. In a country that was built on the blood, sweat, tears and hard work of people of different races from different places, why do we continue hate each other because of those differences?

What's happening today reminds me of the 1960's. The murders of a president, civil rights leaders gunned down, a war raging halfway around the world, and violence across the globe. Hatred personified. But as a nation we got through that time of trial and came out better on the other side. Here's how I think we can do it this time too.

Lenny McAllister is a former television host and radio host in his native Pittsburgh as well as Chicago, including the radio show "Launching Chicago with Lenny McAllister" and "NightTalk: Get to the Point" on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

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