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

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

In an urgent, deeply personal, riveting plea, Lemon 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, he proceeds with reporting and reflections on his slave ancestors, his upbringing in the shadows of segregation, and his adult confrontations with politicians, activists, and scholars. In doing so, Lemon offers a searing and poetic ultimatum to America. He visits the slave port where a direct ancestor was shackled and shipped to America. He recalls a slave uprising in Louisiana, just a few miles from his birthplace. And he takes us to the heart of the 2020 protests in New York City. As he writes to his young nephew: We must resist racism every single day. We must resist it with love.

Title:This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism
ISBN:9780316273527
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  • Joyce Hamel

    An Eloquent Vital Book I do watch Don Lemon on CNN a few times per week. I enjoy his themes of the night, usually appropriate to the political or possibly social news of the current day or week. I rel...

  • Donna Hines

    First and foremost - Thank you Little Brown and Company and Don Lemon for this wonderful new addition entitled, "This Is The Fire." This is a book with more than just a story to tell because it's a re...

  • Glenda Nelms

    This is the fire contains talking about Don Lemon's life growing up in Louisiana, the nation's history on racism, and lives of Black people. Very important book that everyone should read during these ...

  • Cathy

    In his own unique conversational style, Don Lemon weaves current and past Black History events into his own story. #ThisIsTheFire is informs, teaches, and challenges the reader. #NetGalley...

  • Peacejanz

    I am a fan of Don Lemon. I find him well-spoken, knowledgeable about his subject and a commentator about abuse of law, white racism and things that seem to be going wrong in my country. And he is, lik...

  • Joanne

    Lemon writes with passion and counsel. He’s well lettered-something that doesn’t always come across well from many of the folks in news anchors chairs these days. His admitted privileged access as...

  • Mary Sisney

    I watch MSNBC more than I do CNN, but Mr. Lemon is my favorite of the CNN anchors and not just because he’s black. I like his common sense approach to issues, so I assumed I would enjoy his book. Fo...

  • Emilie

    I'd read Mr. Lemon's autobiography, Transparent, published around ten years ago, and this makes reference to events that were covered more thoroughly in that book, and continues on. Like with James Ba...

  • Charlee Bailey

    This is the best non-fiction book I've ever read! Since its about current events and the current lives of African American's and largely because I'm directly impacted, because I am a black woman, it w...

  • Sherrie74

    First off just to state .... love Don Lemon and usually catch his show ( and CC ) most nights.  Picked up my book yesterday and started to read around 10pm and now just over appr  4 hours put in of ...