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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.
And it’s Asian men who get accused of trying to control Asian women and being resentful about their social status.I remember going to a old-fashioned running the place would treat us.Actually, they didn’t blink an eye, at least from my perspective.You have to understand the context in which this passage exploded.I’m not going to boast that I’m all plugged into Black Twitter, but I do know these things have happened recently: During this time, I saw a lot of tweets by black women, decrying how straight black men were the “weakest links” in the fight for social justice and how they knew many black men who exhibited internalized racism in their dating preferences.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.
She came to a tongue-in-cheek conclusion that black women and Asian men should therefore get together.
” So I do think that Issa Rae has some very interesting thoughts on Asian men and how other POC factor into this fucked up racist social scene we’re currently living in. Why’s an “educated black woman” an intellectual match for merely an “Asian man”?
I’m sort of flattered by the suggestion that all Asian men are smart, but I must admit there are a lot of stupid versions of us out there. Also, if there’s a widening education gap between black women and men, do interracial relationships constitute jumping from a sinking vessel?
So watching the same fight in the black community is fascinating, because in terms of relative social positioning, black women are more like Asian men.
But because black women are women, they also use similar language and tactics as Asian women in framing the whole interracial dating disparity issue as feminism and women’s progress. I’ll never forget the fact that during the darker days of this whole argument within Asian America— when we didn’t have the data, studies, or even freedom to openly talk about the obvious gendered racism infecting our supposedly diverse 21st American social scene —black women were usually the outsiders who backed up Asian men online when the denialists and apologists gaslit us and talked down to us.
I’d even seen that passage before, but it was lightly discussed without causing much of a fuss.