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Who We Be: The Colorization of America

The election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States represented an historic moment of such great proportions that the entire world, not just the US, was enthralled. Yet, we continue to live during a time when Michael Brown could be killed and his shooter could remain free while a grand jury agonizes over whether to even charge him. Conversations on race are always difficult. That difficulty says much about this nation’s history.

In a powerful new book, author Jeff Chang explores the evolution of American culture as it relates to race. The book is called Who We Be: The Colorization of America. In it Chang explores our history stretching from Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, to the adoption of multiculturalism, the resulting white conservative backlash, the election of Barack Obama, more white backlash, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and much more.

GUEST: Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, named by Utne Reader as one of the 50 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World, author of Who We Be: The Colorization of America and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation