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

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  • Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (March 16, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0316257575
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316257572
  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.85 x 1.05 x 8.65 inches


Don Lemon brings his large audience and expertise as a reporter and a Black man to today’s most urgent issue in this “vital book for these times” (Kirkus Reviews): How do we end racism in America in our lifetimes?

Don Lemon, the host of CNN Tonight, is more famous than ever. Lemon, as America’s first Black prime-time host, speaks for his millions of viewers with his frequent monologues on racism and antiracism,on the Trump administration’s failures and of so many of our leaders , and America’s structural weaknesses.Now, he tells us all how serious our issues are and what we can do to start fixing them in an urgent, profoundly personal, and riveting plea.

Beginning with a letter to one of his Black nephews, he moves on to reporting and observations on his slave forefathers, his childhood in the shadow of discrimination, and his adult confrontations with politicians, activists, and academics. Lemon is delivering a scathing and poetic ultimatum to America.He pays a visit to the slave port where a direct ancestor was enslaved and transported to the United States. He remembers a slave revolt in Louisiana, not far from where he was born. He also brings us to the center of the 2020 New York City protests. As he writes to his young nephew, “Every day, we must resist racism.” It is up to us to battle it with love.



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