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The Anger Gap

52 minutes

Anger can motivate a voter to the polls, to the streets and even to the White House. L Joy brings Assistant Professor of Political Science Davin Phoenix to the front of the class to discuss his book "The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics" to explore anger as a political resource that mobilizes black and white Americans differently.

Our neighborhood political strategists also talks to Radhika Sainath of Palestine Legal about anti-boycott legislation being passed in various states across the country.

Our Guests

Davin L. Phoenix is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research examines how race interacts with different spheres of American politics to shape the attitudes, emotions, and behavior of both everyday people and elites. He is a recipient of the 2016–17 University of California Hellman Fellowship and the 2017–18 Dean's Honoree for Teaching Excellence Award.

Radhika Sainath is a senior staff attorney at Palestine Legal, where she oversees the organization’s casework on free speech, censorship and academic freedom. Together with the Center for Constitutional Rights, she brought a landmark lawsuit against Fordham University after it refused to grant club status to Students for Justice in Palestine.

Prior to joining Palestine Legal, Radhika represented clients in individual and class action civil and constitutional rights cases involving discrimination, human rights abuses, and prison conditions at one of California’s most prestigious civil rights firms. Radhika has successfully litigated numerous state and federal class actions and other federal civil rights cases.

Radhika is a frequent commentator on media outlets including MSNBC, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera English, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, theWashington Post, Jezebel, Politico, the Village Voice and more. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Jacobin and Literary Hub. Radhika is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and the University of California, San Diego. Prior to attending law school, Radhika organized workers across the U.S. and Canada with the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (now UNITE-HERE).

She is based in Palestine Legal’s New York City office and is admitted to the California and New York state bars.

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