Angry Black Woman

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The Angry Black Woman is a stereotype about black women.[1] The Angry Black Woman is also known as the "Sapphire" or "Sassy Black Woman".

Historically The Angry Black woman view stems from a belief that Black women are more "sassy" and expressive in persona by nature since earlier American culture depictions in movies, dance, and film beginning in the 1900s. It then cultivated into a stereotype grasping on to the belief that Black women are not only expressive, but more opinionated, harsh, have bad attitudes, are loud, and generally negative and rude in nature.

Evidence that the stereotype is false[edit]

A 2009 academic paper in the publication Black Women, Gender + Families, made the argument that there were no significant anger differences between a sample group of Black Women used in the study and a control group. The paper then claimed that the study provided initial empirical evidence disconfirming the stereotype of the Angry Black Woman.[2]

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Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Kelley, Blair (25 September 2014). "Here’s Some History Behind That ‘Angry Black Woman’ Riff the NY Times Tossed Around". The Root. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Debunking the Myth of the "Angry Black Woman"", J. Celeste Walley-Jean, Black Women, Gender + Families Vol. 3, No. 2 (FALL 2009), pp. 68-86.
  3. ^ a b Naeemah Clark (November 10, 2013). "Find real African American women in a beauty salon, not on reality TV". Greensboro News & Record.