Racial Emotions and the Feeling of Equality

65 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2016

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Janine Young Kim

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Date Written: March 2016


This Article examines two distinct but related questions regarding race and emotions. The first raises the possibility that there are certain emotions that are so closely tied to racial experiences that they can be said to demonstrate and typify an emotional dimension to the construct of race. The second asks how such quintessentially racial emotions can be analyzed and evaluated, employing three theories of emotion that have developed in various disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. These theories reveal that racial emotions are not idiosyncratic and elusive, but instead relate to reason and values, to social membership and hierarchy, and to political behavior. Understanding racial emotions in these more rigorous ways can enrich our views on both race and equality and present new avenues to achieve inclusion.

Suggested Citation

Kim, Janine Young, Racial Emotions and the Feeling of Equality (March 2016). University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 87, 2016, Chapman University, Fowler Law Research Paper No. 16-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2807071

Janine Young Kim (Contact Author)

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law ( email )

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Orange, CA 92866-1099
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