Extant political psychology literature provides a framework for understanding how the emotion state of anger both activated the racial attitudes of white Americans and mobilized them toward greater electoral activity during the contentious 2016 election. Absent from this literature, however, is an account of how anger is engendered and translates to political behavior among racial outgroup members themselves. I seek to fill this gap by uncovering the racial differences in the antecedents of anger for Black and White Americans. Additionally, I examine differences in the mobilizing influence of anger among Blacks and Whites. I present findings from the 2016 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) that illuminate the manners in which anger was activated and leveraged toward distinct political actions among Blacks and Whites. Contending with the intersection of race and emotions in politics advances our understanding of how the racially divisive political climate shapes the mobilization and political behavior of the distinct racial/ethnic groups making up an increasingly diverse electorate.
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