Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Words For Warfare

"The stereotype of black women is that we're angry, even if we have a smile on our face." - Evelyn Simien, PhD

6 comments:

Don July 1, 2008 at 9:06 AM  

...black men, too.

i think the black race on a whole is labeled as being angry. we may have a right to be hostile, but i hope that we do not allow it to cause us to self-destruct.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T July 1, 2008 at 3:23 PM  

che needs a dog for obama shirt a store4dogs@gmail.com LOL

Monica July 1, 2008 at 4:43 PM  

They can "kiss my natural black ..." What? I was smiling when I said it!

SheCodes July 1, 2008 at 10:50 PM  

What's worse is that they think that we have nothing to be angry about.

I get irritated when perfect strangers walk up and say 'smile!'. Do they do this to everyone? Someone explain this to me!

Selena July 1, 2008 at 11:38 PM  

I get irritated when perfect strangers walk up and say 'smile!'. Do they do this to everyone? Someone explain this to me!

LOL I hear you Shecodes. If I had a nickel for everytime a YT person said that to me...

Perhaps its anything to make them feel comfortable. Now if we walked around with a permanent grin stuck on our face like the Joker all heck would break loose!

Anonymiss July 2, 2008 at 11:00 AM  

I think White ppl are bothered or perplexed by our serious expressions or scowls because they don't know the highly stressful environments that we come from. The ones that do know feign ignorance or are just dismissive because they don't wanna realize that White privelege has a lot to do with our environment.

@ Shecodes,
I am mean as hell. I told some cab driver to "STHU!" after he asked me "What are you frowning for? Smile!" I was squinting because of the strong sunlight.

The only ppl that say "Smile" to me are men that are interested in me, old folks who kinda mean well, or just plain annoying ppl, LOL!

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