Beware what you tell any data collector about your racial preferences
(Study Breaks) “I’m just not attracted to black girls.” “Asian guys aren’t my type.”
Hearing phrases like these is incredibly common and, by and large, accepted.
You like guys who are athletic, funny and listen to The Smiths.
You’re not super into black guys, though, but that’s just another preference, right?
On the other hand, if someone were to comment that “I just don’t like working with Hispanics,” they would be called out for racism.
So why do we accept it when people say, “I’m not really into Arab girls”?
Preferences for people you’re romantically or sexually interested in can be wide-ranging.
Sense of humor, height, freckles, muscles, taste in movies — all of these are valid preferences.
Saying you don’t find a race of people attractive, however, is racism.
If you view an entire group of people as “not your type” and the only thing they all have in common is their race, then you have a problem.
Calling someone out for any form of racism is a remarkably quick way to see tempers flare.
When white people in particular hear accusations of racism, hackles rise instantly.
By and large, the majority of people view racism as violent or pointedly malicious acts, like calling someone the N-word or supporting Jim Crow laws. When you’re called out for racism, the immediate assumption is that you are being called a terrible person.
However, racism manifests itself in a myriad of ways, from systematic and institutional inequality, to prejudices and microaggressions.
Racism can take many different forms. In your day-to-day life, you are likely contributing to and witnessing it, but not in terms you consider “classic racism.”
Saying you’re just not into Asian people is simply another form of this.
A particularly interesting study asked subjects about their thoughts on race and dating, with another questionnaire about general racial tolerance …