We Gon' Be Alright

We Gon' Be Alright

2016 Staff Favorite

Timely. Perhaps even prescient. Chang's small volume of essays is a tightly packed collection of diagnosis, frustration, illumination, and hope ready to explode. His take on #BlackLivesMatter as well as the resegregation of our communities that has been happening for several years will provoke and incite. This is a call to empathy and a spotlight on race relations in America, as well as a pondering of where we are headed next.

A provocative and timely collection of essays from a celebrated cultural critic on race, diversity, and resegregation.

The Smartest Book of the Year (The Washington Post)

In these provocative, powerful essays acclaimed writer/journalist Jeff Chang (Can't Stop Won't Stop, Who We Be) takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, passionately personal writing, and distinguished cultural criticism, We Gon' Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism.

Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of "diversity," the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. He argues that resegregation is the unexamined condition of our time, the undoing of which is key to moving the nation forward to racial justice and cultural equity.

Publication Date: 
September 13, 2016

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