Lately, there seems to have been a battle cry coming from White America regarding their demise in the demographics. In less than 50 years, for the first time in the history of this country, whites will be the minority. This makes many nervous. Ever since President Barack Obama was elected, the image of a strong, beautiful, intelligent, articulate, and successful Black woman, as his wife Michelle emulates; has provoked the torch bearers of White Supremacy to try and deploy a tactic of ambush on the minds of the public by asserting the moniker “Angry Black Woman” on African American women, if they mirror the image described.
The attacks on the First Lady literally border on racial pathology not seen since the days of Jim Crow.
What white people fail to realize about Black people, especially Black women, is that we are not created with cookie cutters; we’re diverse, and reflect that in the way we speak, act, react, live, love, and build in this world, no matter who or where we are.
With the success of movies like, The Help. It appears that America is very nervous to see images depicting Black women, not as victims, but victorious. Apparently, it’s offensive not to be submissive.
Racism created the Angry Black Woman. An educated Black woman is infuriating to many in the majority. What should be praised about Black women is how we keep our cool in a world where race, skin tone, and racial hatred are very real.
The threats on Black people are real and if Black women are angry is because they are impacted the most when Black men die or go to jail. Yet, she holds her head up, looks forward, and marches though it with courage and dignity.
Black women know they are not living in a Utopian society.
White people can’t deal with the real world–they don’t see race/racism, and perhaps that is why many construct outlandish notions of who they think Black women, and Black people are in general to suit their passive/aggressive racism.
The Angry Black Woman is just yet another dart thrown at Black women by people who try to narrowly define a culture of women they do not know, thus, they feel perfectly comfortable, albeit the privileges of white supremacy, to condescendingly ambush the minds of the public of its own notions of what it is to be a real Black woman.
“In a much-critiqued review of the new TV series How to Get Away with Murder, New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley introduced award-winning super-producer Shonda Rhimes by suggesting that she should call her autobiography “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman”. The clichéd piece, which Stanley later said was intended to “praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype”, was misguided and tone-deaf – but Stanley is hardly the first (and probably won’t be the last) white woman to demean a black woman with back-handed praise.’
What is this, really?
Reference: Hannah Girodis, the Guardian