Race specific dating websites
On an individual level, it may seem innocent enough.
But the fact that figures suggest that certain groups are missing out because of their race means we have to look at the situation more closely.
In Australia, for example, even if I wanted to date within my own race, the probability of meeting someone in the same age group with shared values is not that great because of the small population of black Africans.
But importantly, limiting myself to my own race also means that I get to miss out on the wonderful experience of meeting someone who has had a different lived experience to me, and being able to look at the world differently.
That is, for whatever reasons we don't interact with certain groups offline, we also repeat this behaviour online — even though the barriers that exist in the offline aren't there online.
And it's this collective behaviour that sees repeated outcomes for certain groups that constitutes as racist behaviour.
The more we interrogate our choices a bit more online, then, just maybe, love won't be too far off.
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So, if black men aren't even looking at sisters in Australia based on these stats, the chances of dating within one's race (by preference) take a significant hit.
I also met people that had specific racial preferences, and either dated only within their race or specifically sought out people of another race.