Her presentation appears below. The belief in the inherent superiority of one race over all others and thereby the right to dominance, manifest and implied. Women respond to racism. My response to racism is anger.
I have lived with that anger, on that anger, beneath that anger, on top of that anger, ignoring that anger, feeding upon that anger, learning to use that anger before it laid my visions to waste, for most of my life. Once I did it in silence, afraid of the weight of that anger.
My fear of that anger taught me nothing. Your fear of that anger will teach you nothing, also. Women responding to racism means women responding to anger, the anger of exclusion, of unquestioned privilege, of racial distortions, of silence, ill-use, stereotyping, defensiveness, misnaming, betrayal, and coopting.
I speak out of a direct and particular anger at a particular academic conference, and a white woman comes up and says, Tell me how you feel but dont say it too harshly or I cannot hear you.
But is it my manner that keeps her from hearing, or the message that her life may change? What has this week given to you? The most vocal white woman says, I think Ive gotten a lot. I fell Black women really understand me a lot better now; they have a better idea of where Im coming from.
As if understanding her lay at the core of the racist problem. These are the bricks that go into the walls against which we bash our consciousness, unless we recognize that they can be taken apart. How can we address the issues of racism? No women of Color attended. Or, on the other side of that statement, We have no one in our department equipped to teach their work.
In other words, racism is a Black womens problem, a problem of women of Color, and only we can discuss it. Focused with precision it can become a powerful source of energy serving progress and change. I have seen situations where white women hear a racist remark, resent what has been said, become filled with fury, and remain silent, because they are afraid.
That unexpressed anger lies within them like an undetonated device, usually to be hurled at the first woman of Color who talks about racism.
But anger expressed and translated into action in the service of our vision and our future is a liberating and strengthening act of clarification and for it is in the painful process of this translation that we identify who are our allies with whom we have grave differences, and who are our genuine enemies.
It implies peers meeting upon a common basis to examine difference, and to alter those distortions which history has created around difference.
For it is those distortions which separate us. And we must ask ourselves: Who profits from this?Our reading of the week is “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Anger” by Audre Lorde, a speech given in In it, Audre Lorde discusses anger against racism and the delegitimization of that anger by white women.
Too often, anger is viewed as “divisive” to feminism or “scary” for white women to deal with. Quotes From “The Uses of Anger” by Audre Lorde “My response to racism is anger. I have lived with that anger, on that anger, beneath that anger, on top of that anger, ignoring that anger, feeding upon that anger, learning to use that anger before it laid my visions to waste, for most of my life.5/5(1).
Jun 05, · Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge.
Lorde, Audre. "The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism," from Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. NY: The Crossing Press, Morales, Rosario. "I Am What I Am," in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, eds.
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Promise of Happiness Feminist Killjoys Quotes. Uploaded by.5/5(1). In The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism, Audre Lorde explores the complex reactions that result from being discriminated against. The essay was presented at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in , and it specifically addresses other women who have a problem with the anger of black women.