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CNN anchor and author Don Lemon joins Morning Joe to discuss his new book 'This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism.' Aired on 04/06/2021.
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52 Comments on "Don Lemon: New Book Is Timely, Can Help Us Have Tough Conversations | Morning Joe | MSNBC"

  1. Jamie Daugherty | April 6, 2021 at 11:21 AM | Reply

    Wow I was thinking about that as this all unfolded over the years that we don’t teach the real history of this country so people base their opinions on those lies they’re taught glad someone finally stood up and said it

    • CasinoVa Beach | April 6, 2021 at 12:06 PM | Reply

      @Pete Dog Is the USA a good country or no?

    • CasinoVa Beach | April 6, 2021 at 12:08 PM | Reply

      @Harvey Manfredsenjenson you should watch “Uncle Tom” by Larry Elder to really understand the truth.

    • @CasinoVa Beach It is neither good nor bad. It is a nation in constant evolution. Whoever is the dominant culture, good, bad, or indifferent, controls the narrative of the content that goes in textbooks. Fortunately, teachers have many sources to show many historical perspectives now. When I went to school in the 70’s and 80’s, it was rank and file textbook education. It was White history. Omission of facts is just as harmful as lies for consumers.

    • @Harvey Manfredsenjenson I read excerpts of Zinn in grad school, but I will check out Stone’s series. I think I saw part of it if was on Netflix or Hulu. Ken Burns is the greatest documentarian of American history during my lifetime, though.

    • @CasinoVa Beach grammar NAZI here

  2. Maria Janie Goulet | April 6, 2021 at 11:31 AM | Reply

    Congratulations Don 🎉🎊👏🏼

  3. Kathryn Shaw | April 6, 2021 at 11:48 AM | Reply

    In elementary school in the 1950s, I was given the right to choose who I would do a research paper on. I chose George Washington Carver. Every mention of the Food and Drug Administration has been measured against what Carver would have wanted since I wrote that report. My father had to get on his knees so that he could look me in the eye to explain racism in America 70 years ago. He and Mom are buried at Arlington, but raising their children without prejudice was a true gift.

    • Kathryn Shaw | April 6, 2021 at 12:58 PM | Reply

      @CasinoVa Beach – American education has taken a serious hit in the last decades. Being able to function within a library was considered a part of an educated person’s necessary skill set back then. The research paper was simply proof that I had located the materials successfully. A few years ago, YouTube published a copy of an 1900 eighth grade graduation test. Even with an honors degree, I would have had difficulty doing better than simply “passing”.

    • Tyree Wagner | April 6, 2021 at 1:11 PM | Reply

      This is a great story.

    • Robin' LePoor | April 6, 2021 at 3:10 PM | Reply

      @Kathryn Shaw
      Wow you remembered all the steps!
      I remember now doing all those steps. Now the process comes automatically, but I learned all that in grade school in
      the 70’s.

    • Kathryn Shaw | April 6, 2021 at 4:31 PM | Reply

      @Robin’ LePoor – Now, once again in April 2021, bank officials are explaining to me that they need to show clients how to sign their own name. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, only the poorest Americans that had migrated from the deep South to the Northern States still signed with an “X”. Education, not race, was the factor. American must educate and mentor her young. They are our future. We can not allow others to steal their future by charging them extreme amounts of money for the education that they will need to become of service to this country. We don’t have the trained people that we will require, but we do have young people with the natural talent to do the work once trained. We also have young people interested in setting up work/education programs. Let’s authorize these “win-win programs” that will help us all.

    • Robin' LePoor | April 7, 2021 at 9:08 AM | Reply

      @Kathryn Shaw
      Our youth is an untapped natural resource. Forget oil pipelines, let’s invest in education. The returns will never devalue.

  4. Union Solidarity | April 6, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Reply

    My mothers family came here in 1625 Wise family Massachusetts, from Germany through England..
    They never “owned people “

    • Union Solidarity | April 6, 2021 at 3:43 PM | Reply

      @Tyree Wagner
      Now…don’t you think they deserve credit as well

    • Tyree Wagner | April 6, 2021 at 3:52 PM | Reply

      @Union Solidarity That is interesting.

    • Union Solidarity | April 6, 2021 at 3:56 PM | Reply

      @Tyree Wagner
      Indentured Servitude to the King
      Couldn’t pay go to the new world

    • M. F. Hopkins | April 6, 2021 at 10:09 PM | Reply

      @Union Solidarity Indentured servitude is not the same a slavery. Many Irish – along with some English, Scottish – were indentured for a determined amount of years, mostly to work off debts. Unlike the Africans, they were not kept in slavery, nor were their children kept as slaves. Even though the Irish had it rough in the early years of the US, they were eventually welcomed, like other white people.
      You’re comparing peas to coconuts, and you need to study more.
      (An additional note from a personal point: Some of my ancestors were Irish; some were indentured, some were not. Most of my African ancestors were slaves and started out as slaves).

    • Made InAmerica | April 7, 2021 at 9:24 AM | Reply

      I never owned a slave

  5. Union Solidarity | April 6, 2021 at 12:08 PM | Reply

    Omg.. Shreveport LA%.. Eldorado Casion,,
    I LOST about $300 in the Casino and gave a homeless guy $100 outside
    He was beside himself, it was incredible, I got more out of that , than trying to break the Casino.

  6. Suzanne Potts | April 6, 2021 at 12:59 PM | Reply

    I heard someone say that Columbus was not the first to discover America, but was the first to discover America and hold a press conference.

  7. Erich Nussbaum | April 6, 2021 at 1:15 PM | Reply

    Don Lemon: always inspiring! Greetings from Switzerland.

  8. Fifty years ago, I took all the courses available in my university on Black studies and civil rights, both of them. They were both offered for the first time in my senior year. I am so glad that we have expanded our knowledge in this area so greatly in this last half century. We are all the better for it.

    • tommy john john | April 8, 2021 at 6:39 PM | Reply

      Most Americans are not a bit Racists, tho these Two men on screen will tell us we are every night.

  9. Elizabeth Agnese | April 6, 2021 at 1:56 PM | Reply


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  12. Cecilia Lamson | April 6, 2021 at 2:02 PM | Reply

    Just got your book don. Look forward to reading it

  13. It’s pretty cool that there’s cross pollination between MSNBC and CNN. Also cool that Don could trace his ancestry. Congratulations to Don on his inspirational book.

  14. Great NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) ad on the consequences of texting and driving!

  15. Ellen Pflaumer | April 6, 2021 at 3:58 PM | Reply

    This should soak up the cat pee really well in the cat pan. Thank you Lemonhead

  16. I watched Don’s trip to the motherland with his mother. I had teary eyes whilst watching. Very enlightening. Best to you, Don, and family, and countrymen! 💓

  17. Congrats on the book..

  18. It’s crazy to think about it. But, my family is almost all white, though we do have some native American ancestors. Still, my daughter is 1/2 Puerto Rican, my youngest nephew is 1/2 Columbian, and my other niece & nephew are 1/4 Phillipino. The crazy thing is how our elders reacted, simply stuck in old lines of thought. Their first reaction was to question our relationships. And I always responded the same way.. There aren’t any “races”, there’s the HUMAN RACE

  19. Orion Belter | April 7, 2021 at 2:52 AM | Reply

    Don felt like this was the time to lemon shine.

  20. Jesus loves and cares about you so much so repent so That we all make it to heaven.

    Like so more people can see this.

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