This is the fire : what I say to my friends about racism

Lemon, Don, 1966- author

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  • Creator Don Lemon
  • Format Books
  • Publication
    • First edition
    • New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2021
    • ©2021
  • Physical Details
    • 213 pages ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9780316273527, 9780316265447, 9780316265546, 9780316257572, 9780316257770, 0316257575
  • OCLC on1240501102


  • Don Lemon brings his vast audience and experience as a reporter and a Black man to today's most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes? The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is more popular than ever. As America's only Black prime-time anchor, Lemon and his daily monologues on racism and antiracism, on the failures of our political leaders, and on America's systemic flaws speak for his millions of fans. Now, in an urgent, intensely personal, riveting plea, he shows us all how deep our problems lie, and what we can do to begin to fix them. Beginning with a letter to one of his Black nephews, Lemon proceeds with reporting and reflections on his slave ancestors; his upbringing in the shadows of segregation; the racism inherent in our culture's messaging, from movies to monuments; and the power of economics to uphold - or help overthrow - racism. In doing so, he offers a searing and poetic ultimatum to America. He visits the slave port where a direct ancestor was shackled and shipped to America. He recounts a slave uprising in Louisiana, just a few miles from his birthplace. And he talks about what we can do to make America a more perfect union. We are in the fire, and we must use it to reduce injustice to ash. --


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-202) and index.


  • Prologue: A letter to my nephew -- Do I but dream -- We didn't get here by accident -- My Lord, what a mourning when the stars begin to fall -- Seeking justice in the land of law and order -- Of movies, myths, and monuments -- About the Benjamins -- How change happens
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