Photos of Benjamin Watson at the discussion on his book Under Our Skin at Tulane University on Monday, February 16, 2016. Photos by Annie Hills. New Orleans Saints photos.
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson held a discussion on race at Tulane University on Monday, Feb. 15.
Watson wrote the book "Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race - And Getting Free From The Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us," which was discussed during the event. Watson began the evening with an interview from The Bridge Christian Ministry, followed by a Q&A session from the audience.
Following the discussion Watson autographed copies of his book and posed with fans for photos.
When asked about how to bridge the gap between racial divide, Watson said, "Try to walk in somebody else's shoes. When I say that I mean, listening and opening your ears and your heart to someone else's experience. We live in a culture where we kind of turn off if it's not our experience. I think that's really what you see a lot of when you see things on TV and only see one side talking. ... It's important to be able to say, 'OK, that wasn't my experience,' but let me just listen to you and see if maybe I can see why you think the way you think."
Watson has been honored for his community efforts throughout his career, most recently by being named a finalist for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.