Issa Rae Riles Up Fans Over 3-Year-Old Book Calling on Black Women to Date Asian Men

“Christ what have we done as black men to be sh—ed on like this?” one user tweets

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“Insecure” star Issa Rae published a memoir three years ago that began getting some renewed attention Sunday for a chapter about black women and Asian men dating.

The best-seller, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girls” — which Rae wrote before rocketing to fame on her HBO series — includes a passage that proposes “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?”

For context, here are pictures one fan tweeted of the book’s intro and the section that has fans both attacking and defending Rae on Twitter:

The reactions to Rae’s suggestion are mixed, with some members of the black community voicing outrage at the proposal and others pointing to hypocrisy in any criticism of Rae.

“Issa Rae told the educated black women to get them an Asian man,” one user tweeted. “I want to be mad but I see the countless tweets of black men telling black women that they unattractive and undeserving. So…”

“An influential black woman (Issa rae) is telling black women to procreate with Asian men because they will intellectually suit black women in her book…. Christ what have we done as black men to be sh—ed on like this?” another wrote.

Representatives for Rae did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment Monday about the criticism and support the actress is facing.

See some of the tweets with reactions to Rae’s chapter below.