The ‘White Savior’ Complex Got Old.

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Issa Rae on Insecure HBO

The first time I knew Issa needed to walk away from her position at We Got Y’all was season 3 episode 1. It is hard to dismiss the only person of color, in an organization focused on people of color, relegated to desk duty by a white person, the DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER, who’s unwilling to address the racial issues built into the program.

It’s like those Instagram posts of white people who travel to Africa, bypassing thousands of American white people in shelters, to “empower” Africans to live a better life and be a better person.

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In the latest episode, season 3 episode 4, you can feel Issa’s white coworkers expectation of subservience and validation from her. An example is when Issa takes initiative to understand why the program is losing client support. When Issa presents her findings to the executive director she lashes out, blaming Issa as being part of the problem. It’s excruciating to watch and you realize it lends to Issa’s character’s insecurities and her awkwardness at work.

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Insecure season 3, episode 3

But what makes Issa realize she needs to walk away from WGY is a jaunt down memory lane. Issa blows off her responsibilities, including work, to share her favorite LA locations with Nathan (Kendrick Sampson), a sexy and mysterious new character introduced this season.

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Issa and Nathan, Insecure season 3, episode 4

I’m not #teamNathan but even I must admit Nathan is good for Issa right now. He coaxes her to share her thoughts and feelings with him. He seems genuinely supportive of her ideas and he acts as a spring board.

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Issa and Nathan, Insecure season 3, episode 4

And regardless to how their relationship plays out, Nathan has helped her to realize her true passion and that she needs to quit that shit job.

Posted by:Nichelle Cole

Nichelle Cole is the founder & creative director of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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