Angry Black Woman Stereotype

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Karen E. Quinones Miller says the late Rosa Parks meets her definition of an angry black woman.

The angry black woman stereotype fires me up enough to almost want to turn into an angry black woman myself. It's been around since mammy and Jezebel and judging from the eye-rolling and neck-swiveling antics on certain reality TV shows doesn't appear to be anywhere any time soon.

But a local novelist, Karen E. Quinones Miller, embraces the moniker and even has named her semi-autobiographical memoir which is published today, "An Angry Ass Black Woman." In tomorrow's Daily News, the former news reporter will get her say as to why she doesn't think it's such a bad stereotype. She points out that Harriet Tubman, a runaway slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad, was an angry black woman as was Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat helped galvanize the Civil Rights Movement.

What do you think? Do you agree with me that the angry black woman stereotype is destructive and also demeaning to African American females or do you agree with Quinones that it's not so awful since anger can be the thing that propells you to accomplish great things?

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