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This is the source throughout the post. Race & Attraction 2009 – 2014 from the OKCupid stats guru, and a must read for anyone remotely interested in the subject. The discussion is about analysis on ALL the interactions from their site. Not the shit that you sometimes see in poorly designed graduate school surveys concluding Mission Accomplished we have established a post racial society. (There may be a footnote shoulder shrug to the fact people are understandably hesitant to share racist attitudes while being interviewed or surveyed.)
Here are some of the points drawn from the data: “If anything, racial bias has intensified a bit…”
It does raise the questionof a possible sampling bias. It’s believable, for instance, the racist people are less likely to find compatible partners. It’s posted in the form of the question “Q: Are people on OkCupid just racist?”
No. I mean, not any more than anywhere else. All the dating data I’ve seen fits OkCupid’s pattern: black people and Asian men get short shrift. For example, below are the numbers from DateHookup, a site that we acquired a few years ago (but that still operates independently.) DateHookup has a distinct userbase, a distinct user acquisition model, a distinct interface, yet their data reflects the same basic biases.
Those sites have primarily Black and Latino users. Analysis on those data sets yielded similar results. It is common, and I can tell you from personal experience just how common it is, to encounter women who exclude Asian men.
“I don’t date Asian men,”
“If you’re an Asian, don’t bother,”
“No Asians…. It’s just a preference, I’m not racist.”
What this means to me, is that there is nothing I can do, nothing I can become, and nothing I can achieve that would make me even remotely considerable for a date. That’s pretty harsh. Why? Because you don’t prefer my race…. got it.
What the numbers say is that there is a systemic racial bias. So maybe you, the person who doesn’t date Asian men, are perfectly not a racist… It’s possible to believe that you got swept into a pool of people that you don’t identify yourself with – racists. It cannot be the case, however, that no one in that population is acting based on negative racial bias when the numbers show clearly otherwise. Women are either not vocal about their racist attitudes – or there is a more insidious racism at play… the kind that’s harder to pin down individually but easy to demonstrate through the numbers. The kind that’s easy to harbor without knowing.
OkCupid is careful not to step into the debate about who is and is not racist, but you can see for yourself, the tone is clearly one asking him for reconciliation. I’m fine stepping into that debate and I’m saying it is racist.
Check out these interesting tidbits relating to Asian men (images link off BAP Blog to source):