Of course, there are women who do need attitude adjustments, and in case society hasn’t noticed, these women come in all shades of black, brown, white, red, green, and yellow. But If someone can’t tell the difference between anger and aggression, or an argument and a discussion, aren’t they the ones with the problem, not us?
When it comes down to it, people just aren’t comfortable with black women being assertive—another word that’s confused with angry—and they’d prefer to hold on to their presumptions of what a black woman is rather than admit when someone doesn’t fit the mold they’ve placed black women in for so long. As Michelle Obama put it, “I guess it’s just more interesting to imagine [a] conflicted situation.”
Have you been routinely labeled as an angry black woman? Do you go out of your way to disprove that stereotype? Do you think black woman can ever eliminate that image or is it too engrained in society?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.