CNN anchor Don Lemon has written “This Is The Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism”. Don’t think this is a simple account of conversations among friends, however. This is a deeply passionate, sometimes deeply personal call to action, imploring all of us to acknowledge and work toward solving the difficult, intractable racial problems that we have had in this country, since . . . well . . . since forever. How are we going to do this? Is the way it is; the way it has to be? Forever? What a depressing thought. Certainly, the monumental changes that are required cannot happen overnight, but, wow, we’ve had hundreds of years to figure it out and here we are, still dealing with issues of racism, white supremacy, bigotry, equality, fairness, and common decency. Yes, progress has been made, but there is so much more to do. The Declaration of Independence tells us in the second paragraph that all men are created equal. Well, aside from the fact that “all men are created equal” leaves out an entire gender of Americans, when are we going to start believing and acting as if all people are created equal? How about now? Right now. Today. “This Is The Fire” does not have all the answers. No one does. But, like him or not, Don Lemon is making a heartfelt contribution to the conversation. Good for him.