Issa Rae Breaks Down White Privilege for Anybody Still Denying It

The creator and star of 'Insecure' should have had a mic to drop after making this statement.

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Issa Rae is a bad bitch. Before you start, no, I don't feel bad saying that, because she sees "bitch" as a term of endearment, herself. But, I digress. Issa is one of the most prominent women of color in the entertainment space right now after wrapping up a successful season 2 of her hit HBO dramedy Insecure. The show is not only a fan favorite, but a legitimate catalyst for important conversations about self care, depression, safe sex, self-worth, and countless other topics. It's also just fun as hell.

"I'm rooting for everybody black!" #Insecure star @IssaRae says on the red carpet #Emmys

Issa isn't afraid to address issues of white privilege on the show, as evidenced by storylines like Molly finding out she's being paid significantly less than her white male colleague. And Issa is definitely not afraid to voice her strong support for the black community IRL, as evidenced by the above answer to Variety on the Emmys red carpet last month.

So, it comes as no surprise that Issa is determined to continue provoking thoughtful conversations about the side effects of white privilege, and how it affects communities of color. In a recent, brief conversation with The Cut, Issa broke it all the way down:

They don’t get that we’re not all starting from the same starting point. Straight, cis, white men don’t have the same obstacles—there’s not much in their path. That’s not to say they don’t have any of their own problems, but the playing field is not level by any means. It’s easy for people to dismiss your history, dismiss where you came from. Just because we graduated from the same college doesn’t mean we have the same opportunities. There’s bias, even in the hiring process, and that’s something not enough people are aware of. It feels like a vicious Catch-22 when there aren’t diverse people behind the scenes.

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