Former South Carolina Congressman Bakari Sellers had some sharp bars for former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, this after the CNN contributors squared off on the news network this past Sunday. With the recent Charlottesville incident sparking intense debates on race across the country, Sellers made certain to give Santorum a piece of his mind regarding the idea that the debate itself is causing much of the ongoing tension.

Sellers and guest contributor former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner all engaged in a conversation about what took place in Charlottesville and President Donald Trump’s flip-flop response. Sellers challenged Trump and his supporters to change their perception on race or else history will keep repeating itself. Santorum balked at the suggestion, but Sellers got in a word with the panel that also included former Navy SEAL and Republic Congressman Scott Taylor.

Raw Story reports:

Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum (R-PA) recoiled at the idea of talking about racism.

“You see, that’s the kind of talk that really, I think, causes problems,” he opined. “That says somehow or another, if you’re white, you’re somehow racist… I don’t know anybody who has spoken [in favor of white supremacy] but then to say this is larger problem is just — I would just say we have problems of racism in this country. But tying that to white supremacists, I think is a whole different thing.”

Turner disagreed: “Two hundred and fifty years worth of slave, almost 100 years worth of Jim Crow in this country. The fact that the systems in this country still treat black folks… as second class citizens. And part of what the [Sen. Rick Santorum] doesn’t want to face is also part of the problem… nobody has said that all white people are racist.”

“I hope that you’re uncomfortable with the conversation,” Sellers told Santorum. “Because this conversation is uncomfortable. But it’s something that we have to deal with.”

Watch the tense discussion with Bakari Sellers, Rick Santorum, Nina Turner, and Scott Taylor in the clip below.

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