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When we noticed that Issa Rae was trending on twitter, we just knew that she announced the date for Season 3 of her hit show Insecure on HBO. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The actress was in the hot seat following an excerpt that was blasted on Twitter from a memoir she released three years ago.
The memoir is titled “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girls” and in a passage she suggests that “Black women and Asian men should join forces in love, marriage and procreation. Educated Black women, what better intellectual match for you than an Asian man?”
Read pages from the excerpt below:
On Issa Rae.
Because context matters. And because I read her book. And because I taught her book.
The first pic is the intro to the book, which I’ll come back to. 2-4 are the whole section that’s been shared. pic.twitter.com/jffPNI5L1W
— Fierce & Feminine (@DrRondreaMathis) April 30, 2018
While many sided with Issa Rae, some folks believed it was satirical and her intentions was to simply spark a conversation about interracial dating.
Issa Rae basically said successful black women are not heavily sought out by black men & successful Asian men are not heavily sought out by anyone . Therefore , the two should date . I see no issue . Queen Issa . Next case
— IDontReplyToDMs (@DamnSheBADD__) April 30, 2018
NIGGA TWITTER: Issa Rae is cancelled.
NT: She said in her book that black women & Asian men should marry.
ME: You mean that 3-year-old book filled with funny, satirical essays about race?
NT: I dunno. Didn’t read the whole thing. Just that part.
— DIE ONE CRAZY! (@unclecrizzle) April 30, 2018
Issa Rae said to Black women and Asian men since you’re both smart and successful and your own race aint checking for you then maybe yall should consider each other…
I dont get the fake outrage. It was a joke…Sprinkled with truth.
— The Prince of Southwick (@AndreDelaghetto) April 30, 2018
Others expressed their frustrations with the passage, but what was even more vexatious was the comments from Black men:
It’s no sense in wildin over what Issa Rae said. Usually by the time a black woman starts spewing fuckery like that she’s beginning to realize she isn’t all that desirable despite her accomplishments. That was a page full of pain disguised as a mere opinion.
— Sam. (@_JackN4Tweetz_) April 30, 2018
Y’all think @HBO was gonna give a pro-black woman who advocates for Black people/men the position they’ve given Issa Rae?
They CHOSE Issa Rae for a reason. And I’m sure ONE of the main reasons is due to the closeted and/or open feelings she’s carrying for Black men.
— Eric(@LvckyLefty__) April 30, 2018
BM: white girls got ass now, you black bitches are obsolete!
Also BM: I don’t date dark skin girls, they too rough around the edges.
Issa Rae: Fine. We’ll take our talents elsewhere
BM you bitches never support black men!
Ya’ll irritating AF.
— Key-LoLo (@RekaNist) April 30, 2018
It amusing how black men who dedictate their entire social media presence to hating black women, always make black women the butt of their jokes, excuse the abuse of black women at the hands of black men,who perpetuate colourism and misogynoire etc be mad at Issa Rae comments
— Take It To The Altar (@themusiccypher) April 30, 2018
An influential black woman (Issa rae) is telling black women to procreate with Asian men because they will intellectually suit black women in her book…. Christ what have we done as black men to be shitted on like this?
— DreTookHer (@RealBeardedDre) April 29, 2018
Every man with a functioning brain can look at issa Rae and see mental problems. https://t.co/scrjzwfpXG
— RARO (@RVREFXRM) April 29, 2018