Issa Rae's Book Said Black Women Should Marry Asian Men, and People Are Angry About It Now

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Issa Rae at "LinkedIn Hosts a Panel Discussion With Issa Rae and Chelsea Handler" at The Art of Elysium Center in Los Angeles on March 7. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Actress Issa Rae drew backlash Monday for three-year-old comments she made about why educated black women should exclusively date and marry Asian men.

Rae, 33, expressed the sentiment in an excerpt from her 2015 memoir The Misadventures of Awkward Black. "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."

Added Rae, "So black women, after college, maybe it's a good idea to settle in Los Angeles or anywhere else where Koreatown is a hotspot."

What stands out to me is (1) how much more straight forward Issa Rae can be about Asian women (saying they are "ditching" Asian men for white) than Asian women themselves, and (2) how there is a similar, unspoken diss of black men here as less intellectual than Asian men.

— Postal Hero (@Mont_Jiang) April 29, 2018

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."

Social media users became outraged for the first time Monday. The criticism resulted in some people calling for a boycott against the Golden Globe nominee via Twitter, while others stood by the actress.

Man if a black man said what Issa Rae said ...... whew

— Domonique👩🏽‍🍳 (@ChefDomonique) April 29, 2018

Issa Rae book has been out for 3 years and now y’all wanna cancel her. I can’t stand fake woke, Shea and Cocoa butter Twitter 🙄

— Tasha Jai (@Tashajai) April 30, 2018

yall boycotting Issa rae?.. yeah yall on yall own.

— jean (@insidehismind) April 30, 2018

Y’all are taking this out of context . We LOVE black men , y’all just don’t love us . This is what Issa Rae was getting to .

— TheCakeDishPodcast (@DamnSheBADD__) April 30, 2018

Rae has discussed black women in the dating world before, and was asked about that particular excerpt by The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore in 2015. She shared her own dating experiences as a black woman who graduated from Stanford University with a degree in African and African-American studies. Rae debated whether to attend business school or law school before rising to prominence on HBO's Insecure.

"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, go to anywhere, and you'll see the 'least chosen' is Raquonda and Lee."

Rae continued, "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."