The Capitol siege shows how White Americans can express anger that Black Americans cannot
- January 14, 2021
- Davin Phoenix, poli sci, explains in this piece for The Washington Post (also featured by MSN)
It is a story of how aggrieved White Americans can leverage that anger toward political action in a way that Black Americans cannot.
My research examines how race shapes people’s emotional responses to politics, and the translation of those emotions to political behavior. Wednesday’s assault painted a particularly vivid picture of what I call the “racial anger gap.”