The Uses of Anger has 10 ratings and 0 reviews: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper When Chickenheads Come Home to. “Every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger,” says Audre Lorde in The Uses of Anger, her keynote talk at the National Women’s. On Audre Lorde and the uses of anger, Part I. By Beth & Laurian. How do we have “intersectional” conversations about state violence, gender, class, sexuality, .

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And what may look like on the surface to be uncontrolled anger, destruction and rage may actually be truth, justice and love.


Landon rated it really liked it Feb 14, The darkness that she represents is often likened to the warm and unfathomable darkness of the womb. Kali’s creation story in the Devi Mahatmya is described as follows:.

We are loving and healing and nurturing, too. Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde “does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone.

Quotes from The Uses of Anger It forcefully strips back layers of lies and deception, so that things can be seen, acknowledged and accepted for what ager are.

Layla Saad August 15, No trivia or quizzes yet. We need to match rage with action. Anger, she argues, leads to change.


Though both of these goddesses are described as terrifying, destructive and devouring, what we must also remember is that they have other sides to them that are healing and nurturing.

She devours all that is not working for us – fear, darkness, unconscious anger, self-destructive behaviour and injustice. I could only place primacy on a holistic human supra-identity when we actually live in a world that functioned that way. Women Responding to Racism by Audre Lorde.

Rad Reading: “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” by Audre Lorde — POC Online Classroom

To annger resilience and leadership is also a form of violence. She is the author of Fashioning Diaspora: Shelley marked it as to-read Apr 03, Telling someone that their anger and rage are irrational and illegitimate extends this continued sense of ownership and control of black bodies that institutions like the media express an entitlement to have.

We need to dig into discomfort. What is cool and rational about black people being systematically murdered through state-sanctioned violence? This does NOT mean black women and women of colour tone-policing themselves, tamping down on their righteous anger or conforming with white supremacist standards of being ‘nice’. This surprising act by Shiva finally ended her rampaging and indiscriminate destruction of everything in sight. It feels sharply relevant today, 36 years after it was written.

So that in our trying to devour systems lrde ideologies of oppression, we do not end up devouring ourselves and the lord of others in the process.

What would it mean to rethink collectivity not in terms of optimism but through the affirming and productive power of anger and other ugly feelings? I am angry with the spiritual white women who, instead of using their spirituality for justice, use it to silence and gaslight black women and women of colour. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


And the media now stands in for the mobs that used to come out to watch hangings take place. As a black woman who has been conditioned angwr bite her tongue and stuff her anger back inside herself for survival in white-centered and male-centered spaces, allowing myself to feel and express my anger is one of the most liberating and empowering things that I can do.

This dovetails with the concept of structural racism, or how economic and social institutions systematically marginalize or exclude racialized groups. The energy and anger behind my writing is very much like Sekhmet ragefully devouring humans because they would not uphold justice, and Kali ferociously leaping from Durga’s brow to defeat the demons that had brought evil and destruction to humankind.

The Uses of Anger

But anger is transformative. As I quoted Audre Lorde saying above – my response to racism is anger. It has everything to do with them.