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Author Refuses To Change Book Titled “An Angry-Ass Black Woman,” Banned By Walmart

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Author of "An Angry-Ass Black Woman" refused to change her book title when Walmart rejected her book in fear of offending some of its customers

“An Angry-Ass Black Woman” by Karen E. Quinones Miller

Author Karen E. Quinones Miller refused to change the title of her semi-autobiographical book, An Angry-Ass Black Woman, when retail giant Walmart banned it in fear of offending some of its customers. Miller’s move was daring, as most authors would’ve compromised to utilize Walmart’s extended reach of readers. Miller was unmoved by the retail giant’s ban. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being an angry-ass black woman,” explained Miller, author of seven Essence best-selling novels including Satin DollI’m Telling and Uptown Dreams.

According to Miller, some of the most profound African-American female leaders were angry black women — Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Eleanor Holmes Norton. “Rosa Parks got angry in that one moment and it changed things. She said ‘No. I’m not giving up that seat.’ That anger propelled the civil rights movement,” Miller explained. “Harriet Tubman got one whipping too many and she got angry. She said, ‘I’m not going to sit here and get whipped because I’m black. I’m leaving.’ She got angry not just on her own behalf but on behalf of her community, her people.”

For those who criticize the author for utilizing the stereotype to title her work, she assures them that she means well.  “I’m sorry that people are assigning their own connotations, but I embrace my anger. It’s what’s gotten me through life,” she said. “I’m not looking for confrontation. That’s not what anger is about. But I embrace my anger and let it propel me in life. You can be wonderful, warm, talented and still angry.” A study published earlier this year by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management revealed that the stereotypical behavioral pattern can actually work in favor of black women in corporate leadership roles. The researchers discovered that dominant behaviors in the workplace often are rewarded when displayed by black women and white men, but not necessarily for white women and black men.

Do you agree with Miller?