The more odious corollary — excluding certain races outright — is a very questionable commitment to have.If one recognizes or confesses to a racially discriminatory approach to prospective romantic or sexual partners, then one is obligated to consider the origins of this discrimination.But, if someone mentions in passing that a certain racial group is not their “type” most people don’t bat an eye.
The OKCupid blog post suggests that these patterns of response rates by race and ethnicity reflect the continued existence of racism in the United States.“Most men from all race like only White or Asian women? Or is this simply a speculation of yours that supports your faulty premise? Have you indeed “asked majority of guys” and they told you that they only prefer White or Asian women?”There are preferences that are actually just that, preferences.You can prefer brunettes to blondes and not be racist. But the specific exclusion of people from your dating pool based on race can only be described by one word.Certainly, as I argued in an earlier post, these findings suggest that we should continue to recognize how race and ethnicity, as well as other social factors, play into our sexualities.Some groups, particularly people of color, have access to smaller dating pools.Though any two people could be compatible, the study found some remarkable racial and ethnic dynamics: In a later post, OKCupid released findings from an analysis of their members who are lesbian, bisexual, or gay.It seems that some of the same patterns emerged among LGB people, but they were less prevalent.Some social scientists who have studied racial attitudes have included questions about one’s willingness to date someone of a different race or ethnicity.But, I hesitate to suggest that a preference for one’s own race and ethnicity, or certain races and ethnicities over others, is a sign of racism.