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“I just don’t see color,” says Aaron, who is now dating his sixth Asian woman in a row. What matters is what’s in their heart.” Aaron, instinctively swipes right on any woman who appears even vaguely Asian, believes that paying too much attention to race is causing a divide in our country.
“I just wish people could open their minds more,” says Aaron, who has never swiped right on a black woman.
Vu Tran was frustrated with traditional dating apps.
“Wow, it sure takes a lot of privilege to pretend that you don’t see race,” says longtime friend Kenneth Guilford.I wasn't Priya; I was nonwhite person number X.An African-American editor, Alicia**, 28, faced a similar situation because of her ombré tinted locks. "I'm not suggesting that all minorities experience this, but some do, especially when these dating apps are relatively skin deep.He cited experiments that showed Asian males getting significantly fewer “matches” than Caucasian males and studies that demonstrated how difficult online dating can be for black women.“All the dating data I’ve seen fits Ok Cupid’s pattern: black people and Asian men get short shrift,” noted an Ok Cupid study from 2014.
"A guy asked me if I was part white, and I was like, ' No,' and he was like, ' Oh, I thought you were,'" she says. By simply swiping left or right on a certain profile without a lot of context besides looks (and let's be honest, how many people are reading profiles? African-American investment banker Justin*, 44, hardly deals with these kind of questions or comments from women, suggesting that this is a male-oriented issue. "I do have a high attraction to white women, so I'm not really asking them where they're from," he says.