Stereotype Of The Angry Black Woman

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I am loud, irate, and unapproachable. If you disrespect me, I become uncontrollable, because my only method of communication is through deleterious speech that only escalates the situation further. I am the angry black woman. We see this horrific stereotype almost every day on television and very seldom notice it, because we get lost in the entertainment of it. The “Angry Black Woman” stereotype is harmful to black women, young and old, because it shows us in a negative light and can control how other and how we see ourselves. When women get angry, it’s often blamed dismissively on their monthly menstrual cycle. But imagine just how infuriating it would be if all of your negative emotions were blamed on your year-round skin tone. The stereotype of the angry black woman is a prime example of how these categorizations function as social control mechanisms. Media constantly use this stereotype of the angry black woman as rude, stubborn, and most of all- angry. Though we all know that most movies are fictional, they are harmful because they can demonstrate different “real- life” personalities. The “Angry Train” scene in Why Did I Get Married, displays this stereotype. In this scene, we see Angela, Marcus’ wife confront her husband about his “baby mama” looking at her crazy. The passengers behind Angela and Marcus asks her to quiet down, and from there, we see the angry black woman break out, hence the scene title, ”Angry Train”. We also hear some racist remarks from the

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