Interracial dating is cool, right? Not if you're a white online dater, apparently. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, studied more than 1 milion online dating profiles to find that whites prefer dating other whites, while young black males are more open to dating outside of their race.
How does your race affect what you enjoy? It's a question everyone ponders, but that people rarely try answering for fear of non-PC implications. Enter the popular free dating site, OKCupid. Earlier this week, the company released a trend report, titled "The REAL 'Stuff White People Like,'" which used infographics to present the hobbies, tastes, interests and self-descriptions of various ethnic groups. To complete the study, OKCupid analyzed the personal essays in half a million of its user profiles to isolate words and phrases specific to each racial group. The results were funny, if not stereotypical and a little pop-culture heavy. White males like Tom Clancy, Harley Davidson and Van Halen, while white females went the escapist, sentimental route, claiming to enjoy Nicholas Sparks, bonfires and horseback riding.
Recently released new statistics hint that interracial marriages aren't increasing as healthily as they once did. In fact, the latest census reports that in the last 10 years interracial marriages have only increased by 20 percent, as opposed to the shockingly high 65 percent increase in the 1990s. Why are interracial relationships on the decline?
1.) I'm Into Girls/Guys Who Look Like XXXXX (which isn't what's right in front of you) Into blondes but asked out someone dark-haired? Usually stick to your own race/religion but felt frisky one day and now find yourself sharing appetizers with another skin color? Pat yourself on the back, and keep this tid bit to yourself. This one should be a no-brainer. Really. Nobody likes to hear in the beginning that they aren't what normally makes your head whip in double-take. Oh, and you also run the risk of coming across as shallow or racists. Or a shallow racist. Not hot. Radio Personality Howard Stern Disses His Girlfriend 2.) I Only Have Unprotected Sex
VH1 will begin production on the first interracial dating show, airing in the fall of 2008, says EURweb.com. Now, if you watch far too much television (like us), you'll probably say, What about Flavor of Love? Girls of every race, creed, and color fawn over Flav one season after the next.
When I was asked to write an essay about my relationship in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I accepted immediately. I've been in an interracial relationship with my fiancé Fred for two and a half years. But after staring at a blank document on my computer screen for over 2 hours, I wondered why I was still struggling to put thoughts to paper. And the answer is this: To me, Fred is not black. And I'm not white. We are Fred and Colleen, and we are in love. I know that sounds simple, possibly naïve, and definitely romantic—but it's true.
As a successful black woman in corporate America I had a very hard time finding black men who understood and weren't intimidated by my busy lifestyle, weren't already dating or married to white women and who weren't gay. When I left the corporate world, and moved to black-man-friendly Brooklyn, I had a much easier time finding black men, unfortunately far too many of them were players. I'll admit though, I'd often choose a "bad boy" over a good prospective partner and have a bad experience, which then created a bad perception. That said, it seemed the odds were often stacked against me: 9 out of 10 times, the good-looking, smart, articulate, cultured black men I met were in multiple relationships, or either had a girlfriend or were married and "forgot" to tell me. In fact, had it not been for the tattoo of his wife's name on his arm, I might not have known that the last man I was out on a date with was married.