Author Jeff Chang says America has slid back toward segregation in our neighborhoods, schools, colleges and universities, and in our culture. In his new book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation he examines recent tragedies and protests. One chapter chronicles Chang’s visit to Ferguson, Missouri one year after Michael Brown was shot and killed by police. In this episode, Chang talks about the Black Lives Matter movement, respectability politics, and the power of Beyoncé’s Lemonade album. He’s interviewed by Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post. The discussion was part of the Aspen Institute’s Washington Ideas Roundtable Series.
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