Just in case you were wondering, choosing who you date based on their racial background – or even by the color of their skin – is racist.
The term, specifically, is sexual racism. After calling his penis a "white supremacist" in 2010, John Mayer confirmed that the "underlying idea behind the racial preference" is considered sexual racism.
The issue has been spotted on several dating apps. The Daily Show took to Twitter with its findings, asking fans to post any #RacialSexism they come across on the internet.https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/720265302030704640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Daily Show members Williams and Chieng started by passing sexual racism off as a joke, but quickly changed their outlook after logging on to a few popular dating websites.
According to OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder, sexual racism is a big problem. Just check the numbers!
"We found that 82% of nonblack men have some bias against black women," Rudder said. "And Asian men get the fewest messages and the worst ratings of any group of guys."
Williams and Chieng furthered their study by setting up dating profiles for Chieng on several sites. In the eight-day trial, he received a total of zero matches on Tinder, despite Williams' constant right-swipe.
They also spoke with several people who frequently use the dating apps. These users reported horribly racist comments both on profiles and in messages. An Asian man said he was turned off from a message on one profile that said, "No Chinese guys, because Chinese guys have small dicks."
Williams took particular interest to the most common question: "What are you?"
"Hey guys, it's TV's Jessica Williams," Williams addressed the audience, looking directly at the camera. "If you ever feel the need to ask 'What are you?' do me a favor and just don't fucking do it."
Every participant they talked to had a common message for people trying to find love in an online world: don't start out with stereotypes, and don't bring up race from the get-go. Better yet, just don't talk about race.
"So treat people like individuals?" Williams posits, to a chorus of nods. "I don't think that's ever going to work."
Unfortunately, even though we live in a world of avatars and Twitter handles, race is still a big issue. It isn't enough for us to talk about it, we have to do something about it.