Race and dating websites
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.
"There is no way to change racism in dating without changing it outright in every way," he says.OK Cupid users tend to be liberal people in major US metro areas.Of course these liberal people are open and embracing towards Middle Easterners. They’d be horrified if their Middle Eastern friend were stopped at the airport, and they’d write to the ACLU and have all the major news sources pick it up."About 90 percent of people [whom we work with] had a racial preference, and about 85 percent of that was for white people," she says."Black women and Asian men have it the worst."I'm not a black woman or an Asian man, but I'm a first generation Indian-American woman. " For example, after asking where I lived and how I was planning to spend the weekend, a Tinder user I matched with jumped right into: "So what is your ethnicity? The classic question," he began nonchalantly guessing: "Indian or Sri Lankan? I grew up with these kind of questions living in Laredo, Texas, and later in college at the University of Texas at Austin. Race had yet again become the conversation starter."If you accept the premise that most people are people of goodwill, which I think is reasonable, I don't think people are adopting these preferences because they really dislike other races or out of a racial thing," says Rudder."A guy asked me if I was part white, and I was like, ' No,' and he was like, ' Oh, I thought you were,'" she says. By simply swiping left or right on a certain profile without a lot of context besides looks (and let's be honest, how many people are reading profiles? African-American investment banker Justin*, 44, hardly deals with these kind of questions or comments from women, suggesting that this is a male-oriented issue. "I do have a high attraction to white women, so I'm not really asking them where they're from," he says.
"But they're also not asking me, ' Oh are you African?
People online are liberal, read liberal news sources, and upvote liberal content on liberal websites.
Liberal sites are adamantly pro-Middle Eastern and anti-Trump, etc.
One Middle Eastern guy on Quora wrote that his friend, as a gag, tried to look stereotypically Middle Eastern, and he was stopped at the airport 3 times that day.
That answer received thousands of upvotes, and it’s getting many more each day.
“We want to move toward more of the community aspect of it.” Tran noted that there are many similar apps like Where White People Meet or Black People Meet that target specific verticals.