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The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism

Rebecca rated it really liked it Nov 11, The Uses of Anger: She distinguishes between anger, guilt, and defensiveness, the latter two of which, she says, are of no use to anyone. The anger of women of color against racism should instead be viewed as a means of survival and a striving towards justice; not merely a way to make white people feel bad. Women Responding to Racism” by Audre Lorde.

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My fear of anger taught me nothing. On my Patreon page you’ll find more of my musings and conversations on sacred activism, spirituality, business and leadership.

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I have been thinking a lot about this piece recently. It will come as no surprise that I work closely with the goddess in her dark form also know as the Dark Mother, the Dark Woman or the Dark Feminine. The essay was presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference inand it specifically addresses other women who have a problem with the anger of black women.


To ask other readers questions about The Uses of Angerplease sign up. Beauty, Femininity, and South Asian American Culture Temple UP,one of the first books to consider beauty and fashion as a point of entry into an examination of South Asian diasporic public cultures. Layer on top of this question the way that misogynoir tone-polices black women with the ‘angry black woman’ trope, and my own internalised oppression from patriarchy and white supremacy, and it gets even messier.

As I finish up this essay, I want to say one last thing about Sekhmet and Kali. Guilt is only another way of avoiding informed action, of buying time out of the pressing need to make clear choices, out of the approaching storm that can feed the earth as well as bend the trees.

Layla Saad October 16, This is why when we are using anger, we must be mindful usss our use of it. Women responding to racism means women responding to anger, the anger aufre exclusion, of unquestioned privilege, of racial distortions, of silence, ill-use, stereotyping, defensiveness, misnaming, betrayal and coopting.

How do I know when my anger is coming from my power as a black woman, or when it is coming from my wounds as a black woman? We are not always angry, always rageful, always devouring. What would it mean to rethink collectivity not in terms of optimism but through the affirming and adure power of anger and other ugly feelings?

This is particularly important in the context of gender because the experiences of women vary radically across numerous dimensions of race, usfs, and identity. Christine marked it as to-read Angee 21, And I will call you and myself in when I feel our anger is not being of service, or when it feels like the bloodlust of our anger is doing unnecessary harm.


What it does mean however is checking your intentions and asking yourself – am I writing to serve, or am I writing to destroy? This section contains words approx.

Courtney rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Kali’s creation story in the Devi Mahatmya is described as follows: Lorde then gives examples of the kind of nonchalant racism, mostly on the part of auudre women, that infuriates her so.

Jaina Bee marked it as to-read Apr 18, Essays and Speeches from Amazon. Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving. Dudley Akdre, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde “does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone. Shelley marked it as to-read Apr 03, angfr Clemantine added it May 06, And I have been thinking about how all of this intersects with spiritual activism and how I want to continue cultivating conversations in my online spaces.

I don’t have all the answers to these questions. Bita marked it as to-read Jun 05, As Audre Lorde says in the talk on anger quoted at the start of this article: