Issa Rae's New York Times best-selling book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, was released in 2015, just before the now celebrated TV star rose to super-stardom with her hit HBO series, Insecure.
Of course, once a public figure — somehow, especially of the Black, female persuasion — makes it big, the internet detectives put in overtime to dig up their deepest, darkest secrets, and for Rae, that just happened to be in the form of the text from her popular memoir.
An excerpt from the book has recently gone viral, three years after its initial release, showing Rae recommend that Black women date Asian men instead of Black men as they are a "better intellectual match."
"This is why I propose that black woman and Asian men join forces in love, marriage, and procreation," she wrote. "Educated black women, what better intellectual match for you than an Asian man? And I'm not talking Filipinos; they're like the blacks of Asians. I'm talking Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, et cetera."
Take a look, below:
While the words, on the surface, may not be considered a positive look for the actress, they seem to have initiated a conversation across social media about double standards and preferences as it relates to the sexes — specifically heterosexual relationships, in this case.
Some Twitter users have firmly taken offense to her words, with some even going as far as to claim they will be boycotting her work from here on out — good luck with that.
On the inverse, a vast number of users have also found no problem with her comments as several have pointed out that Black men, to this day, still discredit the beauty and validity of Black women and, with ease, often state other races are their "personal preferences."
Issa Rae is yet to personally speak out about the seeming outrage surrounding her comments. However, to be honest, there really may not be a reason for her to at all.
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