A passage from a best-selling book released three years ago that encourages Asian men and black women to date each other has become all the buzz on Twitter early this week, angering several users.
The book, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” was written by Issa Rae, who then starred in HBO’s “Insecure,” which draws some inspiration from the text and her YouTube series of the same title.
The passage in question states, “This is why I propose that black women and Asian men join forces in love, marriage, and procreation. Educated black women, what better intellectual match for you than an Asian man?”
Rae went on comparing, “And I’m not talking about Filipinos; they’re like the blacks of Asians. I’m talking Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, etc.”
From there, angry Twitter users started weighing in:
The passage is part of a section that starts with an assertion that Asian men and black women “are at the bottom of the dating totem pole” in America.
Speaking to Larry Wilmore at The Nightly Show in 2015, Rae shared how her claim came to be.
“I say that black women and Asian men are at the bottom of the dating totem pole. It’s true—ask around. Go to Match.com, go to anywhere, and you’ll see the ‘least chosen’ is Raquonda and Lee.
“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.”
In the wake of the new buzz, one user shared additional context:
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
Others, however, came to Rae’s defense, zooming out for further context and arguing it was satirical:
Featured Image via Instagram / issarae