If you live…anywhere on this planet really, then you’re aware that the western European (better known as “white”) culture is the dominant one. This dominance exists in all walks of life that don’t include playing basketball or football. I bring this up because there’s a dating website out now called White People Meet that caters exclusively to white people.
On the surface, I don’t have a problem with this, well not really anyway. After all, there’s all kinds of race and religion based dating sites. No, the issue for me arose the way issues normally arise, the people behind the site started talking and saying dumb shit. In this case, they said their dumb shit to Caitlin Dewey over at WaPo.
Let’s start with the title of the piece:
This is really the classic racist response, “I can’t be racist I’m friends with/dated/once looked for 5 seconds without scowling at a black person.” Actually, yes you can and yes you are.
What really gave me a case of the guffaws was this:
According to the data quoted in the article, there is a huge bias against people of color in online dating sites:
Data from OkCupid, the most transparent of the mainstream dating sites, has repeatedly shown a sitewide bias against people of color. (“Every kind of way you can measure their success on a site — how people rate them, how often they reply to their messages, how many messages they get — that’s all reduced,” the site’s data scientist once told NPR.)
It’s totally legal and fine for dude and his wife to own and operate this site, but you ain’t gotta lie to kick it.