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"Rage Renegades: A Message to 'Allies'" - Myisha Cherry (University of California, Riverside)

Myisha Cherry
Myisha Cherry
Department of Philosophy
University of California, Riverside
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co-sponsored with the UGA Institute for African American Studies

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"Rage Renegades" refers 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 talk, I'll 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 an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interest lies at the intersection of moral psychology and social and political philosophy. Cherry’s books include  The Moral Psychology of Anger co-edited with Owen Flanagan (2018) and Unmuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice (2019), and The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle (2021). Her work appears in journals including HypatiaRadical Philosophy Review, and Critical Philosophy of Race as well as the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Salon, The Boston Review, New Philosopher, WomanKind, and the Huffington Post. Cherry is also the host of the UnMute Podcast, a podcast where she interviews philosophers about the social and political issues of our day. 


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