The Mad Black Woman
Just recently, Michelle Obama defended her character as books such as “The Obamas” depict her as an “angry black woman”. There are rumors that she is a forceful, powerful, behind the scenes player who constantly clashes with the President’s top advisors because she is frustrated and unhappy to be in the White House. The First Lady denies these stereotypical images and while she admits she is a strong woman, she has no reason to be angry.
Click the link to watch the interview yourself! Michelle Obama’s Interview with CBS
Watching this interview on CBS News, I feel that this most definitely relates to African-American Feminism. Black women, especially those with a strong personality, are quickly described or referred to as the “mad black woman”. This title is a stereotypical image because in actuality not all black women are mad, crazy, bitter, jealous, or angry. Not to say that black women aren’t entitled to some anger as historically they have considered “unattractive” due to their dark skin and kinky hair.
Society has pinned black women against each other as differences are pointed out and become the focal point for conflict. In addition, black women are more likely to have a single parent home structure, be at risk for diseases and cancers such as HIV/AIDs, and receive less wages for the same job in comparison to their other counter parts. Black women are incarcerated at higher rates than their Whites or Hispanics counterparts.
Despite all these reasons to be angry, many black women are working against this stereotype and rising above it. They are increasing their influence in the political, educational, and business sector of the economy. They are reducing their dependency on receiving assistance from a man or the government. They are also proving to be exceptional role models for their daughters as they are providing them strength in their self-identity!
So will all the positive advancement African-American women are making today, who would be in a position to be the “angry” one?