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"Anger Does Not Equal Hate"

A friend of mine told me that he is not going to let me become the stereotype of “the angry black woman.” (Don’t even get me started on how I feel about this stereotype.) This worries me. I worry that some of my blog readers already think it’s too late.

I am very sensitive to issues of race and write about these issues often, but I feel like people think I am spending too much time focusing on the negative and not the positive. It has always been my assumption that the positive doesn’t even need to be mentioned because it’s so obvious. For instance, just because I mention a racist instance in Riverdale, doesn’t mean I think that it speaks for all of Riverdale or all of white Jews. Obviously, there are white Jews who are NOT racists and by highlighting the few instances where I have found a few racists, I don’t mean to nullify their existence.

A friend of mine who also gives speeches is worried about the people who attack her at these events for pretending to speak for an entire people. I have been subject to the same when speaking about race. I am always well aware when I am speaking that I am speaking for myself which is why I couch many of the things I say in my own personal anecdotes, not impersonal statistics. I am just one person, one very short, little person at that, who is trying to correct the wrongs I see by striving towards a Jewish people that is always acting as light unto the nations.

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  1. if you don’t focus on them who will? You have a very unique voice, and the opportunity to address issues of racism and discrimination, educating communities and raising consciousness.the sad reality is that racism and discrimination are still real parts of the reality that many, and you’re forcing the conversation to take place can only bring good. Far too often, women are told to subjugate their anger, to plaster smile on their faces, to be forever pleasant. It’s unreal and it’s unhealthy.How often do we hear of children of color, especially within Orthodox communities, leaving the faith because of what they faced in terms of discrimination? Maybe more people got angry for those children they wouldn’t leave.The stories need to be told and the voices need to be heard. The angry needs to be shared,the isms only defeated when people finally begin to come to better together to combat them.Post created with Dragon software so yes it’s kind of weird in spots sorry


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