We Gon' Be Alright - Is Diversity for White People? On Fearmongering, Picture Taking, and Avoidance Summary & Analysis

Jeff Chang
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Chang opens with a scene in which Donald Trump is campaigning in Arizona in 2015. Chang notes that Trump knows his audience and succeeded in leveraging "the inchoate white anger cohering in the country" (10). As an example of the escalating xenophobia and racism in the United States, he then writes about the "birther" controversy in which Trump accused then-President Obama of not being born in the United States, capturing "the attention and the affection of frustrated white voters" (10). He then writes about how, around the time of Trump's presidential campaign, a rise in white nationalism conflicted directly with rising movements such as Black Lives Matter. Trump's attempt to address his campaign's diversity efforts was no more than a minutes-long photo-op that symbolizes, to Chang, how diversity has been exploited and rendered meaningless.

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