diversity & race | December 20, 2016

Are “We Gon’ Be Alright”? Jeff Chang on the Future of Activism in a Post-Trump World

As the era of Trump begins, how will social activism change? In a perceptive new essay, We Gon’ Be Alright author Jeff Chang argues that “Just as the symbol of Barack Obama united the fringes of the right,” “Trump’s presidency will galvanize an opposition ready for the mainstream.”

“This moment is different from other post-presidential election moments in that justice movements are activated and at high alert,” Chang writes. The prominent author and keynote speaker on race in America foresees a strong pushback against Trump from a displeased populace:


Enter an angry coalition of the willing: feminists fighting for reproductive justice, indigenous people protecting water, environmentalists holding strong on climate change agreements, Muslims standing for civil rights, African Americans pushing against policing and mass incarceration, Latinos and Asian Americans demanding immigration reform, and all of them opposing economic turbulence, reactionary jurisprudence, and clientelist governance. If this movement can call in the white working and middle-class, perhaps a real cultural shift and political realignment is imaginable.


To read the full essay from Chang, one of our sharpest, most plugged-in voices on issues of race today, follow the link to The Fader. And for even more, read We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, which has been hailed as “the smartest book of the year” by The Washington Post


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