Amidst one of the strangest election seasons that this country has experienced, for this full hour we invite Davin Phoenix, UCI political science professor to reflect on the identity politics that has taken place since we discussed his book “The Anger Gap; How Race Shapes Emotions in Politics,” last January. Davin’s book examines both the causes of anger and the consequences. Pointing to Black Americans’ tempered expectations of politics and the stigmas associated with black anger, it shows how race and lived experience moderate the emergence of emotions and their impact on behavior. Accompanying this interview is a list of scholars who have weighed in on the Biden/Harris ticket and the meaning of it for diverse constituencies of color: Nadia Brown, Danielle Lemi, Sarah Sadwhani, Keneishia Grant, and Cheryl Laird.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique”; Stanley Turrentine, “Junebug”, If I Could album.
For the full hour, UCI political science professor Davin Phoenix returns to the show, for another good hard look at identity politics, the role of privilege leading up and into the college admissions process, and under-represented minorities’ success in higher education and general civic engagement. Along the way he takes stock of the late John Singleton’s breakout cinematic contributions.
UCI second year law student James Lamb brings for our consideration, real power amidst the problematic, persistent aspect of tribal politics. His reading list includes: Paul Frymer’s Uneasy Alliances; Steve Phillips’ Brown Is The New White; and Carol Anderson’s One Person No Vote.
In the second segment (minute 40:00) Ani Zonneveld, founder of Muslims for Progressive Values, returns to post us on this year’s “Celebration of Life” and how she see’s America “creeping toward theocracy.” Details for this event held at the Harmony Gold Theater in LA on 2/10 are at: http://www.mpvusa.org/.