Linda, I could not possibly agree more with what you’ve written. Anger can be such an incredibly positive force for good. It’s motivating and as you point out, among people who are mistreated and oppressed, it’s HEALTHY.

I’d dig up some quotes and stats, but in this case I’d be gilding the lily. You’ve said it already.

I’ll never forget my decade in Act Up in the 1990s in Manhattan. People constantly tried to tell us to calm down, to stop being so angry, to change our tactics.

But you know what? Our tactics were effective — extraordinarily so, to the point where some historians say that Act Up stands as the single most effective grassroots, direct action organization ever.

Righteous anger makes people uncomfortable, especially privileged people who pretty much like things just the way they are.


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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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