Ok, so I’ve had this debate with many of my friends, and I was wondering what the people here at SD would think about it.
I know many people who have the attitude of “I won’t date black men, or Asian men, or Hispanic women, etc, etc.” To me, that seems like pretty blatant racism, but they all deny it! When I point out the racist aspect to them, they counter with the argument that when it comes to dating, it is “personal preference,” and not racism at all. Some argue that they just don’t find a particular race “attractive” as a whole, but that they are not discriminating based on race, just their preference for a certain “look.” Others argue that their reason for not dating such and such a race is not because of their race, but because of some other reason, like “Asian men are too controlling, this other race is too cheap,” or whatever. Which to me seems like racial stereotyping if not outright racism itself.
Many of the people I have talked to are of the same race as the people they refuse to date, and thus they claim that racism is not possible as they are of that race, and that it is just “preference.”
I’m not sure what to think of that, but to me, racism is defined as a discrimation against a particular person solely on the basis of their race, which seems to be exactly what these people are doing. Am I being overly critical, or are these people really racist?