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Anger, for her, is an understandable response to racism and being silenced and must be listened to.

How do I know when I am consciously using my anger to create change, or when I am destructively using my anger to do harm? Layla Saad October 14, But anger is transformative.

Women Responding to Racism Your email address will not be published. Ultimately, only YOU can know when your anger comes to serve or to destroy.

“The Uses of Anger” by Audre Lorde

And when I speak of change, I do not mean a simple switch of positions or a temporary lessening of tensions, nor the ability to smile or feel good. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Recognizing this is, as Lorde describes, a painful process of translation. angre

The Uses of Anger: But I know it’s important to keep returning to this question: How can I rightfully and righteously express my anger as a black woman, a dark goddess priestess and a spiritual activist writer, without allowing my anger to devolve into attack, aggression and unconscious rage? You may also like. And although she is a fierce destroyer, it is thought that the impetus behind her destruction is to make space for rebirth.


Her primary reaction to racism, she says, is anger—an appropriate reaction to injustice, she says. I pray that as often as possible, I can come from a place of service and not destruction.

As I quoted Audre Lorde saying above – my response to racism is anger. Essays and Speeches from BookRags. I want to make it clear that when I speak on Kali, I am not speaking as an expert or a worshipper.

Remedios: The Uses of Anger

She notes that white women often fear the anger of women of color more than their own racist attitudes; they are more afraid of being criticized and feeling guilty than perpetuating violence and pain towards women of color. 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? She devours all that is not working for us – fear, darkness, unconscious anger, self-destructive behaviour and injustice.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Anger she thus reframes as a source of power, energy, and knowledge. She was just as much a healer as she was a destroyer. Once I did it in silence, afraid of the weight. Tashina added it Mar 25, Such choices can be enraging because they can often feel like solidarity under duress. It was said that for her friends, she could avert plagues and cure diseases. Shelley marked it as to-read Apr 03, Amber Hitchcock marked it as to-read Nov 10, It must be direct and creative, because it is crucial.

It has everything to do with them. Guilt is only another way of avoiding informed action, of buying time out of the pressing need to make clear choices, out of the approaching storm that can feed the earth as well as bend the trees.


And I will anyer apologise for it because it is useful, and it is mine. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. And without her destruction, creation could not take place. This is what I am doing when I write about racism. She distinguishes between anger, guilt, and defensiveness, the latter two of which, she says, are of no use to anyone.

Kali’s creation story in the Devi Mahatmya is described as follows: I am speaking of a basic and radical alteration in those assumptions underlining our lives. So this is a tightrope I am always walking and a paradigm that I am always exploring: As I finish up this essay, I want to say one last thing about Sekhmet and Kali. The Goddess Usds To Racism. And I ask that when you interact in my online spaces, you try as often as possible to come from a place of service rather than destruction, too.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The anger of women of color against racism should instead be viewed as a means of survival and a striving towards justice; wudre merely a way to make white people feel bad.

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