A picture is worth a thousand words. And this picture hits home all too well.
I did not watch the match but I saw the exchange of a professional female athlete and official in a video.
Then seeing this…another unfair and racist depiction of an African American female.
To be a passionate, confident black woman is hard.
We have been portrayed as ratchet, mean, hood, angry, out of line, or savage when we show the slightest bit of assertiveness in a situation of conflict.
No, I’m not going to be violent but I want to be heard.
Personally, I have had to hold my tongue too many times out of fear that I would come off as “the angry, black woman” that makes everyone uncomfortable. That’s just my experience.
Being upset or angry is a natural human emotion…but only for some.
You can only keep your cool for so long. You can only hold your emotions for so long.
Anger does not mean violence. Being assertive should not mean that you are a b@#^&. Being black and a woman does not mean I am not allowed to feel.
As an African American, we have had to endure in silence for too long.
So what if we are passionate. If a white person can be angry, passionate, and upset, why can’t black people? We have emotions too.
But the stigma has to stop.
This cartoon is offensive. Serena is a passionate, talented, assertive #blackgirlmagic who was assertive but not a baby with a tantrum. She still displayed sportsmanship to Osaka and kept it moving. But, the system needs to change. She was just bringing light to injustices in the sports world.
We, as African American women, want to be heard and we will tell it like it is. Like it or not, we are strong and resilient. We are tough but soft. We are smart and driven. We are about that hustle. So no need to call us angry or hood. We are about taking ownership of our lives and our stories.
We are more than the angry black woman. We are so much more.