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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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? It feels angeer relevant today, 36 years after it was written. My rational conclusion is that the widespread murder of black folks is an evolution of lynching, with ropes being replaced by guns.

He tried to get Sekhmet to stop, but she wouldn’t. To use it purposefully and unapologetically. Sandra marked it as to-read Nov 22, She drank the ‘blood’ and eventually passed out for 3 days.

I am angry with the spiritual usse women who, instead of using their spirituality for justice, use it to silence and gaslight black women and women of colour.

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

Sekhmet, whose name means ‘Powerful One’ or ‘She Who Is Powerful’is known as the lion-headed warrior goddess who was sent by Ra to punish mankind because he was angry that they were not preserving the sacred principle of Ma’at, or justice. Women Responding to Racism So this is a tightrope I am always walking and a paradigm that I am always exploring: I know there are people who feel this way; when all of it just feels so heavy.

Once I did it in silence, afraid of the weight. While Sekhmet is from the Ancient Egyptian pantheon, Kali is part of a religion that is alive and thriving, with over a billion adherents worldwide. Despite that, I want to make it very clear that she is not mine to own, and my intention is never to act as if she is.


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I have been thinking about mainstream media reactions to public displays of anger, especially the anger of black people on the streets of Ferguson and other cities.

It demands nothing less than full truth and integrity.

How do we combat the erasure of gender and sexuality in discussions about violence and survival? Kim Price marked it as to-read Dec 15, And the dissipating specter of violence fosters a fringing on the margins. As I finish up this essay, I want to say one last thing about Sekhmet and Kali. Bita marked it as to-read Jun 05, The darkness that she represents is often likened to the warm and unfathomable darkness of the womb. I don’t have all the answers to these questions.

On my Patreon page you’ll find more of my musings and conversations on sacred activism, spirituality, business and leadership. Every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger. 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.

The anger of women of color against racism should instead be viewed as a means of survival and a striving towards justice; not merely a way to make white people feel bad. Emotions need to be acknowledged and part of the plans of action.

For example, practices of racism transform what we are erroneously taught are biological or cultural differences between people, what we wrongly assume to be static characteristics, into inequality.

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


Layla Saad October 14, Raquel E added it Oct 19, 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? We are loving and healing and nurturing, too. I have been thinking a lot about this piece recently. These goddesses are devouring ahger nature. She devours all that is not working for us – fear, darkness, audrw anger, self-destructive behaviour and injustice.

I have no creative use for guilt, yours or my own. And, at the same time, it is important to hold in mind the stories of Sekhmet and Kali letting their anger get out of control and destroying everything in sight without discernment or wisdom. Hatred is the fury of those who do not share our goals, and its object is death and destruction. Lucy marked it as to-read Apr 04, Marissa marked it as to-read Dec 19, However I do not wish to allow my anger to turn into unconscious and self-destructive harm.

Amanda rated it it was amazing Dec 26, To ask other readers questions about The Uses of Angerplease sign up. In the Hindu religious text called the Devi MahatmyaKali is described as being born from the brow of the Goddess Durga during lorfe great battle with the demon Mahishasura.

Landon rated it really liked it Feb 14, Lorde had to flee New York City to find herself less adrift as a black lesbian feminist.