Jeff Chang Digs into Racism, Pop Culture and Why 'We Gon' Be Alright'

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When Cleveland police pepper sprayed Black Lives Matter protesters last year, the crowd shouted the refrain from a Kendrick Lamar song, "We Gon' Be Alright." That's also the title of Stanford historian Jeff Chang's new collection of essays assessing the racial turbulence in America today, from Ferguson to Beyonce's "Lemonade" to his personal experience as an Asian-American activist. Chang argues the country is undergoing a cycle of resegregation, with wealthier white communities pushing out lower-income people of color. Chang joins us to talk about the ripple effects of resegregation, the fight for racial equality and his own struggles on deciding how and when to speak up.


Jeff Chang, executive director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University; author, "We
Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation"