Does my tone annoy you? Why the ‘angry black woman’ argument just doesn’t stack up

Black women, be heard, this is our time! Learn to SPEAK UP! STOP INJUSTICE AND PREJUDICE, DON’T TURN A BLIND EYE BECAUSE IT’S CONVENIENT, OR TOLD TO SHUT UP!

Hanna

‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.’ An old adage we all know well and are quite likely to have used ourselves. There has been much written about the tone argument and tone policing recently, having been linked to debates of feminism, race and politics. We could argue that our old adage has progressed to ‘If you can’t say anything nicely, don’t say anything at all’.

What is a tone argument?

A tone argument is where an individual dismisses, ignores or minimises a statement by claiming it is delivered too aggressively or in a confrontational manner. Someone who uses the tone argument can be identified as a member of the tone police, ‘policing’ the presentation of opinions.

Policing arguments may serve to defend the egos of those who feel they had no intention of offending or upsetting with their perspective on a matter. However, enforcing rules…

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