Hope, Oduyoye asserts, “Makes Women utilize their anger against unnecessary suffering. They turn their anger instead, into compassion as a route to transformation” (Oduyoye 1996).
This passage tears me up. On the one hand, I want to be a woman who had the capacity to convert her anger into compassion. On the other hand, this feels like a very patriarchal imposition on women, in that Godly women can not be angry, the must change their anger into compassion. I have lived so much of my life forcing myself to be compassionate in time where I really need to be angry in order to grieve the injustice I have endured.
I think Oduyoye has some powerful things to say and I am deeply concerned that I am missing something profound in the Ghanaian-American exchange.