“Joy is also resistance”: New Docuseries Based on Jeff Chang’s We Gon’ Be Alright Premieres Today
“It’s been over five decades since the Civil Rights Act, yet the last few years have quickly accelerated resegregation,” says Jeff Chang, author of We Gon’ Be Alright—which premieres as a new docuseries today.
The four-episode series was adapted from Chang’s acclaimed essay collection, and tackles the tough topic of racism in our country today. Interviewing notable figures and uncovering the personal stories behind modern racism, he weaves a compelling narrative that places people’s lived experiences firmly in the realm of the real world. The series interrogates the social and political factors that perpetuate environments and systems where not everyone is treated equally, and the subtle hierarchies that exist even within marginalized groups. It’s no secret that America is still grappling with the ghosts of problems past—and their very real influence on the present. And the stories that We Gon’ Be Alright explores expose a deep truth about the state of democracy.