This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism


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In this ‘necessary e book for those occasions’ (Kirkus Reviews), Don Lemon brings his huge target audience and enjoy as a reporter and a Black guy to nowadays’s maximum pressing query: How are we able to finish racism in America in our lifetimes?
 
The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is extra standard than ever. As America’s most effective Black prime-time anchor, Lemon and his day by day monologues on racism and antiracism, at the disasters of the Trump management and of such a lot of of our leaders, and on America’s systemic flaws talk for his hundreds of thousands of lovers. Now, in an pressing, deeply non-public, riveting plea, he presentations us all how deep our issues lie, and what we will be able to do to start to repair them.

Beginning with a letter to one in every of his Black nephews, he proceeds with reporting and reflections on his slave ancestors, his upbringing within the shadows of segregation, and his grownup confrontations with politicians, activists, and students. In doing so, Lemon provides a searing and poetic ultimatum to America. He visits the slave port the place an instantaneous ancestor used to be shackled and shipped to America. He recollects a slave rebellion in Louisiana, only some miles from his birthplace. And he is taking us to the guts of the 2020 protests in New York City. As he writes to his younger nephew: We will have to face up to racism each unmarried day. We will have to face up to it with love.