Audre Lorde was very angry and her writing in Sister Outsider is filled with this claim. She knew in order to rectify the problem, she needed to own it, declare it and confront it. Lorde accepted her anger as a part of her being, never shying away from what put such sentiments there in the first place. She was not born angry, this is an obvious fact because no one is. She was a black lesbian feminist born and raised in Harlem during the 1930’s and beyond. The environment in which she grew up in didn’t make for easy living.

Her conviction was for humanity as a whole and she maintained a very special emphasis on the black experience as both woman, man and gay in America. But that isn’t all she discussed; she writes to those who have been crippled in their silence, unconsciously limiting their own greatness out of fear. Fear of what? She chooses to provide the extreme perspective: will the fear save you from death? Everyone’s story ends the same way, why not take advantage of our voices while here?

Her voice is relevant today, as it was then. She ignited my fire.

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