Beyoncé's "Formation" from the album Lemonade (2016)
Melissa Harris-Perry's Sister Citizen (2011) Myisha Cherry's Anger Can Build a Better World (2020)
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Myisha Cherry, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, argues that anger sparks action that can result in positive outcomes for historically marginalized groups in Anger Can Build a Better World. However, the rhetoric of President’s Trump re-election campaign often paints protesters as anarchists and agitators that need to be removed from the national conversation about the global pandemic and police brutality. The framing of protestors as disposable troublemakers that dismisses their concerns culls from the historical framing of Black women as inherently angry. Melissa Harris-Perry, a Black feminist and political science scholar, reflects on how the Angry Black Woman stereotype strips Black women of their social and political rights in Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America (2011). Through a close reading of chapter 2 of Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen, we will gain a clear understanding of how the Angry Black Woman stereotype is used to undermine the humanity of Black women historically and within today’s context. The reading provides the framework for an intersectional analysis of the representation of Beyoncé in the video Formation (2016) allowing us to examine the framing of anger and its relationship to liberation struggles.