A new article by CTV titled “Black woman, 'white' profile: Exposing racism in online dating” implies that wishing to date someone of a certain race is actually 'racist'.
The story explains that when 36-year-old Hadiya Roderique made a dating profile she got very few matches. The article claims that she only received five messages in three days, and one or two messages each day thereafter.
However, when she put her white friend's photo on the app, she proceeded to get many more messages. This apparently meant that 'racism' was a big factor in the digital dating scene.
Roderique told CTV's Your Morning Wednesday that “When you conduct interviews with people, they generally express that they are happy to date outside their race.”
“I think that people are really reluctant to reach out across a racial divide,” she added.
She then got her Ph.D friend Jessica to assist her. “We're about the same height and weight and similar attractiveness, so I asked if she was willing to be my guinea pig,” Roderique claimed.
With Jessica wearing the same clothes as Roderique, she apparently got even more results. Then Roderique decided to digitally alter a photo of herself to look white. She alleges that this profile got the most messages of all, but doesn't say whether or not these were positive replies.
You can see the photos for yourself at this link. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you think this fake profile picture would receive negative or positive attention.
Roderique does admit people might have seen Jessica's photo as “cuter” and “more approachable”, but insists that her profiles received approximately the same number of views as the one with Jessica's photo.
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