The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics

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Agenda 2020: Making Sense of the American Election


Amidst a historical groundswell of activism against systemic racism, and in the aftermath of a potentially transformational election, my research asks how race shapes the emotions that are activated and translated to political action among everyday people. I uncover a racial anger gap and underscore its relevance to politics. Rooted in the stigmatization of Black anger, the lack of collective agency felt by African Americans, and the distinct sense of racial resignation shaping the group’s perceptions of politics, this gap widens the Black-White electoral participation disparity and shapes the tenor of partisan politics, interracial coalitions and Black organizing in the current racially fraught era.


Davin Phoenix
Associate Professor in political science at UC Irvine

Peter Loewen
Director of PEARL, Professor in the Department of Political Science & Munk School

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