Seminar Series: Rage Renegades with Myisha Cherry, MDiv, PhD

Monday, Oct 25, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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“Rage Renegades” refer to allies with rage at racial injustice. They are rage renegades because although their privilege and place in a white-supremacist society is meant to guarantee that they will be complicit or engage in racism as a way to maintain racial domination, they instead show outrage at such a society. In doing so, they rebel against a racist system that was designed to benefit them exclusively. But rage renegading can also go wrong when it reinforces the same white supremacy that the rage aims to challenge. In this seminar, Professor Cherry will describe four ways in which this misdirection can happen as well as provide some suggestions for how to steer clear of it.  

Myisha Cherry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Her research is primarily concerned with the role of emotions and attitudes in public life. Cherry’s books include “UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice” (Oxford University Press) and, co-edited with Owen Flanagan, “The Moral Psychology of Anger” (Rowman & Littlefield). Her latest book is “The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-racist Struggle” (Oxford University Press). Her work on emotions and race has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Huffington Post, WomanKind, and New Philosopher Magazine. Cherry is also the host of the UnMute Podcast, where she interviews philosophers about the social and political issues of our day.