Cultural Critic Jeff Chang Talks Race, Activism

Near the end of their 45-minute Q&A on the intersection of race, art, and politics in modern-day America, Northeastern social movements scholar Sarah Jackson asked Stanford cultural critic Jeff Chang a pointed question: “Are we going to be alright?”

It was Friday afternoon at Northeastern, in the event space on the 17th floor of East Village, and Jackson was purposefully invoking the name of Chang’s latest book, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation.

The book, which was released in September, just two months before one of the most contentious presidential elections in the nation’s history, takes an incisive look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country to its core. In what The Washington Post called “the smartest book of the year,” Chang 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.”

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