Who We Be: The Colorization of America (Hardcover)

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Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today.
During that time, the U.S. has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shifts in its history, what can be called the colorization of America. But the same nation that elected its first Black president on a wave of hope another four-letter word is still plunged into endless culture wars.
How do Americans see race now? How has that changed and not changed over the half-century? After eras framed by words like "multicultural" and "post-racial," do we see each other any more clearly?
"Who We Be" remixes comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Trayvon Martin into a powerful, unusual, and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress. In this follow-up to the award-winning classic "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," Jeff Chang brings fresh energy, style, and sweep to the essential American story.

About the Author

Jeff Chang's first book was the award-winning Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. He has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and was named by The Utne Reader one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780312571290
ISBN-10: 0312571291
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 21st, 2014
Pages: 403
Language: English