By Natasha Lane
The angry, black woman is a stereotype that holds its origins in slavery and since has been perpetuated in American media. We can find this sassy, but standoff-ish character on the big screen (Daddy’s Little Girls), the tube (Sanford and Son), and even in the written word (House of Night).
Despite the strides black people have made in America, black women are still often associated with the following traits: angry, aggressive, disrespectful, ungrateful, and generally speaking, in a constant state of negativity. But, maybe being the angry, black woman isn’t all that bad?
Here are five reasons there’s nothing wrong with being the angry, black woman.
1. Angry Actually Means Passionate
Because of years of racism, sexism, and negative media portrayals, a “passionate” black woman is often described as “angry.” The truth is there is nothing wrong with having strong feelings behind a political stance or social opinion. There is nothing wrong with embracing the fire that builds inside of you when a certain topic is placed on the table. Long story short, there is nothing wrong with passion, even when that passion is ignorantly mistaken for anger. Passion is what leads to progress.
2. Our Opinions Matter And We Know It
We understand our standing in American society, and therefore, we understand how important it is for us to speak up. Black women need a voice in this country and though some may shy away from the spotlight, we angry (passionate), black women embrace it. We understand that speaking up is the key to us gaining respect, protection, and an admirable regard.
3. Leadership Comes Naturally
Perhaps it is socially ingrained, or maybe we are born with it, but leadership comes naturally to us. We know we are one of the worst stereotypes a black woman can be, which means we’re familiar with criticism, judgment, and words of warning. These experiences have made us strong, determined, flexible, and have taught us perseverance, all of which are qualities that are needed in any leader.
4. We Are Fearless
People are going to say what they want to say, and we’re going to keep on doing what we want to do. We’re used to the side eyes, the jealousy, the hate, the assumptions, and more. We’ve been there, done that, and we’ve been left with a stony courage that to some may be unsettling. But to others, this bravery is a sign of true strength.
5. Black Is Beautiful
From kinky curls to wavy locks, from buttercream tan to black as night sand, we come in varying shades, shapes, and sizes. And we are all beautiful.