Who We Be

Who We Be

St. Martin’s Press
Paperback
416 pages • $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-07489-8

The Colorization of America

Jeff Chang

“The book is especially useful for novices looking for a primer on race and culture, but it would behoove anyone who has an interest in what it means to be an American to read it.”—San Francisco Chronicle 

Race. 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 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? From the dream of integration to the reality of colorization, 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. Jeff Chang, the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, brings fresh energy, style, and sweep to the essential American story.

Jeff Chang © Jeremy Keith Villaluz

© Jeremy Keith Villaluz

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.