Lindsay cited his book as a reason she thought he would make “perfect sense” as the AFR host. It was released in November 2020 and is billed as an “urgent primer on race and racism” that provides a “space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both.”
“We haven’t yet realized it’s us vs. oppression,” he explained of what his conversations are trying to convey. “It’s not Black vs. white. it’s not white vs. Black. It’s us vs. oppression and discrimination.”
Kimmel asked why Acho has embraced the idea of the conversations being purposely uncomfortable, and he laid it out pretty plainly.
“Everything in life that is worth something is birthed through discomfort,” he said. “You think about labor pains and what a woman goes through to birth a beautiful child—might be our next hero or our next Pulitzer prize winner. You think about football, where I come from. You go through training camps, and that’s uncomfortable, but you try to win the Super Bowl. If we want to accomplish anything in life, we gotta get uncomfortable. But I’ll say this: It’s only uncomfortable until you do it.”