The 'Angry Black Woman' Makes Real Women Angry

It's a stereotype as pernicious as it is tired.

It's so pervasive that political opponents of first lady Michelle Obama used it as a shorthand for why voters shouldn't trust her. It's a taunt that's been used in recent months against women from Rep. Maxine Waters to Serena Williams to ESPN's Jemele Hill. The angry black woman. She is unreasonable, and that gives us permission to dismiss her statements and her concerns. Perhaps not surprisingly, the label is most often used to undercut the successful professional woman—a code for saying she succeeds by being aggressive and rude.

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