We’re in the midst of a cultural sea change to one of the most central institutions in the life of the nation.American attitudes on interracial relationships have taken an enormous step forward in the last two decades.Some of its manifestations are a matter of life and death; others are subtle annoyances known as "microaggressions" which can build up and contribute to a general sense of not feeling safe or comfortable in a world that was never designed with us in mind.As good as it might feel for those with white privilege to pretend we live in a "post-racial" society, one has only to give most dating sites the most cursory of glances to shut down this notion altogether. However, have you ever taken an Implicit Association Test for racial bias? You might find the results surprising.) One response to the micro-aggressions experienced on swipe-to-reject dating apps is the proliferation of racially-specific apps like Black People Meet, Asian People Meet, Latino People Meet, Native American Dating (and just to keep things driven-snow-pure, Where White People Meet).
Now such sentiments are relegated to shadowy Internet message boards and corners of right-wing talk radio.And whether underlying that attraction, or lack thereof, lurks some kind of prejudice?According to Christian Rudder, co-founder of Ok Cupid, the pattern has stayed pretty stable through the boom in online dating, from 2009 to 2014."Ok Cupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be.Tran, a Seattle native who re-located to the Bay Area after stints with Student RND and Tune, said that he primarily made Color Dating after females consistently told him that “I don’t date Asian guys,” or, “I’m just not attracted to Asian guys.” Tran felt that this was unfair and that the trend carried over into dating apps like Tinder.He cited experiments that showed Asian males getting significantly fewer “matches” than Caucasian males and studies that demonstrated how difficult online dating can be for black women.