As you may have heard, College Board made some changes to the SAT’s, a collegiate exam that measures your level of knowledge in order to get into college. These changes were implemented to lessen the harshness of the test, along with assisting low-income students to actually take the SAT’s.
After Obama’s initiative to allow low-income students a better opportunity to apply to colleges and universities, College Board planned to change “minor things” that will help the administration reach that goal. Aspects like changing the essay portion as optional, revamping the scale to 2400, eliminating “obscure” vocabulary words, and shortening the exam will allow students a better opportunity to get a higher score on the exam.
I say all of that to say this: Will these changes help young African American scholars get into better schools? Will these “new changes” appeal more to underprivileged children that do not nearly understand vocabulary and directions that are asked of them? Can our children’s intelligence be measured by a generic test that doesn’t prove anything? The world may never know. Instead of worrying about changes to this bogus test, lets change the system of allowing a test determine our children’s future.
Allow this excerpt to be the foundation of language that is presented in this post:
The stereotypical thought of Black women always being angry, as shown in the text, is not to scare or send people away, but an outlet from the sense of rage that we deal with on a daily basis. The intersectionality of both race and gender and realizing that while idea of White supremacy is dawning on people, the patriarchal views of men ESPECIALLY Black men can be a daunting factor to Black women. Lorde’s statement, “My anger has meant pain to me but it has also meant survival, and before I give it up I’m going to be sure that there is something at least as powerful to replace it on the road to clarity.”, shows how anger is a coping mechanism to the oppression that is faced.
As a Black women, this text was very relatable to my past experiences. Encountering racism on a daily basis and birthing rage from feeling oppressed only allows me to turn rage into anger and find ways to get through the dark tunnel of oppression.
Audre Lorde’s work, here, shows that it is ok to be mad or angry about the situations you are in. This anger, if used correctly, is consciously making choice to not lash out on the things that bother you. Lorde shows Black women that we are all in this together and are feelings are noticed and have meaning to it. What do you think about the text? Let us know!