Why is it when black people talk about issues affecting blacks and black communities, we are asked, “why are you getting angry?”

That is hilarious.

What’s even more hilarious is that often we deny it, even though the pitch in our voice has increased, our blood pressure is elevated and every other stress response in our bodies is in full “fight mode.”

The question is, what is wrong with being angry? By definition, anger is merely a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility. I agree with annoyance and displeasure, but I only become hostile when provoked. Nevertheless, it’s what I opt to do with my annoyance, displeasure and (provoked) hostility that is often perceived as the issue.

For me, I choose to use my words. I remember being told, “words can’t hurt you.” Have you ever heard, “those are fighting word.” Because words, spoken or written can be powerful.

What’s perceived by some as anger, is merely self expression to others.

In fact, if you were to look at and understand some of the disparities experienced by blacks in the U.S., you would be angry too!  IJS