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A survey from the Pew Research Center showed that support for interracial dating is nearly unanimous among Millennials.
I was interested to learn if attitudes among college students still supported thoseso I interviewed 12 Millennials Dating a white guy in college primarily from Emerson College -- about their dating choices. Everyone interviewed expressed his or her support for interracial dating.
However, each person also agreed that dating would be more difficult for him or her if they had darker skin or -- for those with relatively dark skin -- would be easier if they had lighter skin. Furthermore, out of the nine individuals who could be considered people of color defined here as not singularly whitesix considered their race an obstacle in their dating lives. For Sheba Wood, an African-American sophomore at Emerson, that reality can often be emotionally taxing. Yasser Munif, a sociologist who teaches courses on race and post-colonialism at Emerson, suggests that accepting the survey data at face value is flawed.
He compares the Pew survey to election polling. The Bradley effect is a theory that posits that polls can be skewed during elections that involve a white and non-white candidate because respondents will give inaccurate responses due to the fear that they will be seen as potentially racist for voting against the non-white candidate. OkCupid did not immediately return a request for comment or Dating a white guy in college information about their findings.
Neither did Tinder, a dating app popular on college campuses. When asked whether the media shaped their views on beauty and whom they are attracted to, nine of the respondents I interviewed said that it did. A common argument that is employed when people explain the homogenous nature of their dating choices is that everyone has their own preferences.
Nearly all of the people of color I interviewed who were currently dating had a partner who they identified as white. Both Sarah Balducci and David Kane, a white couple who recently graduated from Emerson, believe that the media has communicated racialized views of beauty to them. Balducci, who has dated interracially before, grew up with crushes that usually centered on actors and singers who were white men.
She expressed her uncertainty whether this is due to their heavy media representation, being trained by the media to see white men as attractive. Or both. She identifies as half African-American and half Caucasian.
Rodgers is currently dating an African-American man and says she has always been attracted to them, but says that many would rather not be with her because she is neither black or white enough for them. Being mixed is safe, having light skin, in a lot of ways, is safe. She adds that she sometimes wonders if she dates white men because being loved by someone whose skin is considered more beautiful by society makes her more beautiful by association. I really worry about [that]. Laura Wu, an Asian-American student, believes the media is the reason she grew up wishing she looked like a Russian model before learning that there were other models of Dating a white guy in college in the world.
She says her parents have pressured her to either date within her race or with white people. The experience has made her wary of people who seem to fetishize her and like all other interviewees, she agreed that having darker skin would make dating more difficult.
Since the case of Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage inthe practice and acceptance for it has supposedly spread rapidly. Interracial marriages have increased from. Still, the experiences of those I spoke with suggest that there is ample room for progress when it comes to addressing the racialized beliefs behind our attraction and dating choices. Willie Burnley Jr. The blog closed in September of Facebook Twitter. Voices: In college, the racial politics of dating are complicated.
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