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Challenging assumptions through a chance encounter

Challenging assumptions through a chance encounter

On a recent Sunday afternoon, my son and I were in Penn Station to catch a MARC train to D.C. We bought our tickets and entered the waiting room. Much to my surprise every bench was full. We backed out and looked for a place to sit on the pair of long benches perpendicular to the ones in the waiting room, where I spotted a couple of spaces.

But on one space was a soda can belonging to a young black man in the adjacent space. I wanted him to move the can so the two of us could sit. I stopped in my tracks. With the buds in his ears and his fingers tapping, he was in another world.

As I stood in front of the bench, I remembered two recent headlines in The Sun. One was about...