Monday, the last day of April 2018, Issa Rae was trending on Twitter because of what she wrote about black women and Asian men in her book three years ago. Sometime late on Saturday night, Plan A’s Five Alive tweeted a passage from in which she wrote about interracial dating disparities hurting black women and Asian men in similar ways.
When I watch an episode of and the opening bit features Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson talking about their white boos and drooling over Jon Hamm, I have to wonder how I’d feel if I saw two Asian female comedians do that on HBO.If you’re an Asian guy, saying what Issa Rae said can often get you screamed at or banned in Asian American spaces because LOVE IS LOVE and so what if my rigid preferences just so happen to favor the most dominant and privileged group because it’s totally a coinky-dink so nothing to see here so stop trying to police my body you ugly boring short virgin toxic #the one Asian male character (Justin) is portrayed rather nicely.I wrote about it here in “Does Lena Dunham Have Yellow Fever?Yes, those women’s reactions were harsh and in a coldly objective way, it shouldn’t have mattered what kind of man Stephon Clark was if your main goal was to fight police violence against black people. Just think of how incredibly tormenting it is to be sexually denigrated by members of your own race that it could cause people to say “meh” to state-sanctioned racist murders of your own people.
Think about that before dismissing these issues as unimportant because they’re “just about dating.”Yet at the same time, I also feel for black men who get upset when they see white assimilationist liberalism inciting the same kind of gender wars in their community as I’ve seen among Asian Americans.I remember going to a old-fashioned running the place would treat us.