Rudo Banya says she's never been attracted to black men. She thinks it's partly because her aunties used to tell her how "rubbish" black men were and told her to "make better choices".Rudo says itis not racist to be attracted to one race over another, it's just a preference.When Han Song first met Sophie in a pub, he thought she was gorgeous ... "I thought oh well, I'm Asian, probably she's not interested." He was wrong. Han had only dated Korean women in the past and thought dating a white woman was "a fantasy".Sophie found Asian men attractive but says it was shared values that was most important.Vu, who went through Y Combinator with two separate startups before launching Color Dating, said that the online dating experience — particularly for quick-swipe apps like Tinder — can be frustrating for minorities.“If a community is predominately a certain race and expresses a specific preference, if you don’t fit with the majority, you’ll end up having a horrible experience,” he said.John and Edelisa met on a dating site called Filipino Cupid.After three months of chatting online, John proposed to Edelisa – before they'd met in person.
While he said white people were the most likely to consider relationships with people from other ethnic backgrounds, he said the biggest 'reversals' in preference, are observed among groups that display the greatest tendency towards in-group bias.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.“All the dating data I’ve seen fits Ok Cupid’s pattern: black people and Asian men get short shrift,” noted an Ok Cupid study from 2014.In 1968, 73% of US citizens disapproved of the right to marry inter-racially, whereas this figure dropped to 17% by 2007, this illustrating the reduction in discriminatory attitudes towards interracial dating.Irrespective of this, there still remains the issue of sexual racism in the online dating world, in that preferences appear to follow a racial hierarchy.