Are People Really Expecting Black People To Be The Voice For Issues Every Single Time?
We open up with a roundtable discussion at We Got Yall going on and we discuss the problematic logo. We know it is problematic because the outside clients have said so. I find it very problematic that everytime the group points out flaws and why, Joanne becomes super defensive and feels the need to explain. One example is the white hands scooping up black kids. Her response over and over was, “But It’s My Hand!!” so it can’t be racist.
The overall learning here; ‘How productive can any meeting be when you approach it with defensiveness and not to understand?”
After the roundtable, the co-workers minus Joanne, go out to lunch. During lunch, they debrief and talk about how defensive it is. During this time, they look to Issa and call her out for not saying much. She responds, but I don’t want to be the one to call out everything that is problematic that has to do with black people.
They look at her like this is her unwritten responsibility. This is extremely problematic because she’s the ONLY black person working there and their target audience is Black & Hispanic students. Hypothetically there could be a problem every day and she has the responsibility of addressing everything? That is unfair. However, this brings up a deeper issue; is this how our coworkers feel? Do they get to sit and not say anything because the mistreatment is not in their demographic?
Saving + Lyfting does not make you rent worthy
Issa is currently not paying rent because she has been staying with David. She Lyfts on the side to save even more money. She is feeling good about herself and decides to meet with Kelli to see how she is doing and to help her improve. This scene points out two issues. 1. LA has an issue with housing and is more difficult than other places to find affordable housing. 2. We have to be more careful about our frivolous spending, Issa points out that she does spend a lot on takeout. I encourage everyone to look at your spending habits and lets really look into how we can cut our costs and increase our spending!
My facebook friend India Lindsey, was the first one on my timeline to touch on this subject. What we are seeing with Issa Rae and Daniel is not a relationship but co-dependency. Issa always runs to Daniel when she is in a bind and Daniel always saves her.
Issa decides after meeting with Kelli to become a more useful roommate in exchange for hopping to convince David to let her stay a little longer. She starts cleaning the kitchen, rearranging the cabinets and really making her presence useful. Daniel notices and that allows for his guard to come down. After weeks of ignoring her, he confides in her that he was stood up by his friend that was supposed to introduce him to an artist. Issa steps up to be his wing-woman and eventually proves herself even more useful by not only allowing setting up the perfect AllyOop to meet the artist but encourages him to reach out to a mutual friend to help elevate his career.
We at the end of the episode Issa gets a call back from a property manager job she applied for and has the opportunity to tell Daniel about it but declines to not ruin the moment of perfect co-dependency. In true co-dependency fashion, after a day of feeling appreciated, David offers Issa his bed.