The Angry Black Woman
Is there really an upside to the negative stereotype?
Have you ever been characterized as the angry black woman simply because you did not agree with an individual of a particular race? Or, perhaps your dominating spirit intimidates some people. Whatever the case may be, it is a stereotype that has followed Black women around for decades and is still one of the most permeating typecasts faced by African-American women in today’s society, and while most people view it as a negative stereotype, there are some who believe it’s a quality worth owning.
We all remember when the POTUS herself addressed the nation during a CBS televised interview to deny the angry black woman stereotype placed on her after some unflattering photos of the First Lady surfaced. However, it’s been said that black women leaders who display dominate behavior, who voice their opinions, and who take charge are actually trusted more by those around them. Although they may call you an “angry black woman” to your face (or behind your back), in all reality, people feel a sense of security, more stability and have more trust in women who display this kind of behavior. If you look at it this way, I suppose the stereotype does have its advantage, however, I’m still not sure if it’s a category I’d want to be put in.
Does the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype bother you?