Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae has been the topic of a new social media backlash that started on Monday from a three-year-old excerpt in her 2015 memoir “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” that insinuated that educated black women should exclusively date and marry Asian men.
The “Insecure” star stated that “This is why I propose that black women and Asian men join forces in love, marriage and procreation,” Rae wrote. “Educated black women what better intellectual match for you than an Asian man? And I’m not talking about Filipino’s, they’re like the Blacks of Asians. I’m talking Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, et cetera.”
Continuing, “So black women, after college, maybe it’s a good idea to settle in Los Angeles or anywhere else where Koreantown is a hotspot.”
Rae questioned why women wouldn’t want to “marry and reproduce with men who are classified as intelligent and hard workers.” She suggested Asian men were “frequently emasculated in the media.”
Even though her comments are three years old, as we know social media users have the access to create a firestorm regarding any topic of discussion no matter how old. The criticism resulted in some people calling for a boycott against the popular actress via Twitter. while others stood by the actress.
Rae addressed the excerpt in 2015 on The Nightly Show with host Larry Wilmore in 2015. She shared her own dating experinece as a black woman graduate of Stanford University who majored in African-American studies.
“I say that black women and Asian men are at the bottom of the dating totem pole,” Rae told Wilmore at the time. “It’s true—ask around. Go to Match.com, go to anywhere, and you’ll see the ‘least chosen’ is Raquonda and Lee.”
Rae added, “This is speaking from my own college experience, my girlfriends and I would find that the pool of guys was so limited. They knew that they were a catch. They knew that they were educated. They weren’t in jail [and] they didn’t have kids. So, they were like: ‘We have options’…That made it unappealing. It felt isolated.”