I walk to the front of the room – stand tall and state with a forceful voice “Hello – my name is Dee and I am intimidating”. “Hello Dee”
I distinctly remember the first time that a white man called me, a black woman, intimidating in a professional situation as a means of control. The absurdity of the accusation caused me to laugh in a girlish and confused way which not only enraged him, but in his mind and in his words proved his point.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to intimidate means to make timid or fearful: frighten; especially: to compel or deter by or as if by threats <tried to intimidate a witness>. Wikipedia explains that intimidation is intentional behavior that “would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities” fear of injury or harm. It’s not necessary to prove that the behavior was so violent as to cause terror or…
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