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America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn. 

These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together. 

Hosted by Don Lemon.
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Schooling the System

Schooling the System

2020-07-0224:575

It’s been over 60 years since the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But in 2020, some classrooms are still pretty segregated. Don reflects on his own educational journey and speaks with Michigan State University’s Professor Sheneka Williams about the state of American schools. How far have we really come since Brown v. Board of Education, and how can we all take part in fixing the system?
In the midst of protests for racial justice and calls for police reform and defunding, why should we care about the movies? Well, representation matters and the media we consume influences the way we view ourselves and each other. HBO Max recently pulled "Gone with the Wind" from its film library but just added it back online, with a new introduction addressing the controversial racial depictions. Don shares a love of classic film with his mom, so in this episode, they talk about their conflicted reactions to historical Black representation on the screen. You'll also hear from Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart, who presented that new introduction to "Gone with the Wind.” She explains why context is key when reexamining controversial classics.
We live in a society where it's no longer enough to simply not be racist—we must proactively choose to be antiracist. And that choice means showing up and doing the work, every single day. In this episode, Don talks with Professor Ibram X. Kendi and Professor Christopher Petrella about how we got to this moment and what it will require of each of us to build a more inclusive future.
Whether you're protesting in the streets or at the voting booth, we all recognize the need to disrupt generations of racism in our country. Knowing what to do is harder. Each week, Don Lemon will talk with experts, activists, and artists to help us figure out how to move forward, together. Because no matter how you choose to engage, silence is not an option.
Comments (119)

Robert Drouin

I'm a white man with many years of lived experiences. I first want to thank you for this platform. I fully support BLM and I feel privileged to learn from your own experience. Looking forward to your next podcast. I feel sorry for the people who made those negative comments on your yesterday podcast. These stupid comments have no place on this site. Freedom of expression is everyone right in our countries but insults NO should not be part of it. Ke

Jul 2nd
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Authentictalks 2.0

Don got fired up & created this podcast!

Jul 2nd
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Killman Fight

ignorance is bliss get with the program and make this world a better place after a hundred years and we still can't get it right it's not our fault it's a learned Manor so if you calling somebody names or you don't know what's your priorities are or where you want to be in the next hundred years just listen and get yourself together.facts

Jul 1st
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Kenya Dreher

Enjoyed this podcast...thanks Don!

Jul 1st
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Brian Shaw

I am the same age as Oprah, Denzel, Ron Howard (Opie; Andy Griffith show), Rev. Al Sharpton, and Al Rokker. We were all born in the year of Brown v. Board of Education; when Thurgood Marshall argued before the Supreme court. We watched and Participated with Black Panther Party in Oakland. Also fought against Ward Connelly's Propostion 13, which was approved to eliminate affirmative action, in admitting people of color to California University at Berkeley. Still today I am not able to match but I make signs and what ever else I can do...LET'S STAY ENGAGED!

Jun 28th
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Brian Shaw

Thank you Don, it was definitely worth the effort and time to listen to your podcast with your mother. I came to be in the year of Brown v. Board of Education, when Thurgood Marshall argued before the Supreme court. I've watch a lot of television over the years. How interesting it would be if there were archival footage of our Black actors and actresses in the early years expressing themselves OFF camera and away from Hollywood, illuminating their true feelings about the times they were in.

Jun 27th
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Mett Mackley

why was this under "Top Shows"? 3.5k subs and 8k listens.

Jun 27th
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Charles Uwi

Don, this is a very good plateform for honest and open conversation between people of all races. I agree, being not racist is not enough, denying racism is disingenuous. We all need to educate ourselves and do something about it. Passivity is no longer an option.

Jun 27th
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Singi Kinniebrew

The only way to eradicate Racism is to realize there is only one race of people the Human Race, different ethnic groups but we're all related.

Jun 26th
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Singi Kinniebrew

Thank you for opening up dialogue, for all of us. I listened to the cast with your Mom, She's lovely. I sent a message to you on Instagram, about Systemic Racism no one is saying how or when it started. I don't celebrate juneteenth it's a farce I say that because the 13th amendment was implemented and the Vagrancy Law both implemented in 1865. How were the Slaves ever freed?

Jun 26th
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Brian Shaw

to solve this issue or an attempt to rectify the issue of race; let's take a day in the life and walk in each other's shoes.

Jun 26th
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Eu

Stop forcing this podcast on me. Every time I open the app to resume listening to a podcast, it gets replaced with the most racist charisma black hole in the history of cable news. I swear to God, if this happens one more time I'm going to be forced to drop castbox and go elsewhere for my podcasting needs.

Jun 26th
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Renee Middleton

love you Don..you speak your mi e ..you speak it like it is ..I make sure I watch on Cnn ..dont stop be yourself always..I see we got bigits on here that dont like you..so there for..they have ears not to hear..or listen to the truth..love you ..keep doing what you do being you...God Bless you in all that you do..

Jun 26th
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Pat Walker

Really enjoyed this segment. Your mom is amazing. Thank you for giving knowledge and wisdom regarding history. keep up the great work Don!

Jun 25th
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MC B

I haven’t listened to this podcast and probably never will, I’m just here to laugh at all these triggered wimps in the comments lmao “boohoo CNN told me to stop being racist” hahahaha

Jun 25th
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Shawn McClung

don lemon race baiter extraordinaire

Jun 25th
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Housten Rogers

How tf is this in the top shows.? It has less subscribers than I have fingers. Fuck you, worst journalist of the year don lemon (worst journalist of the year).

Jun 24th
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Alex Mercedes

wow! great show. thanks for putting Kendi on my radar.

Jun 24th
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Bernard Fife

STOP POSTING THIS CRAP TO MY FEED!

Jun 24th
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Bernard Fife

When BLM starts protesting Planned Parenthood for the extreme number of black babies being aborted, and Don Lemon holds Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot accountable for the extraordinary and disproportionate number of black-on-black killings in her city each day, I'll start taking Mr. Lemon and BLM more seriously.

Jun 24th
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