They will also struggle with the idea that, generally speaking, this problem only goes one way. A black person deciding not to date a white person in the UK is far less common. According to the survey, 35% of white people said they would never date a black person, whereas 10% of black people wouldn’t date a white person. Racism is based on power structures, and this is really looking at white privilege when it comes to dating: there’s not space for a lot else once it’s established how much more desirable white people are viewed in UK society. Being the standard of beauty to the degree where you have a worldwide skin lightening industry that accounts for billions of pounds should not be discounted.
Is it discriminating on the basis of race? Yep, sure is. Is it racist? At which point we’ve something of a problem. For if we’re to go around denouncing normal human behaviour as racism then we’re not talking about power structures or anything of the kind. We’re now talking about normal human behaviour.
And the things is that humans do, just normally, find that people genetically close to them but not too close are attractive. Indeed, we’ve got a mechanism which makes us find those too, too, close to us not attractive in a sexual manner. Children raised together from an early age, in the manner of siblings, tend strongly not to date each other when older.
No, not for any “reason” other than that we’re descended from people who tended not to shag siblings as that’s a strategy that fails after a few generations.
People tend to find people roughly like themselves attractive. With that little tactic to make sure of the roughly, not the near exactly.
OK, when we spread this out to a vibrant society we can, if we wish, describe this as racism. But when we do so we come up against that New Soviet Man problem. Getting rid of it would be insisting that humans must change their ways to fit our desired societal structure, rather than our societal structure reflecting how humans are human.
It’s also worth pointing out that even after all of that qualification it’s not in fact all that much of a problem. The intermarriage (perhaps, today, better expressed as something to do with fertility rather than actual marriage) rate in the UK is such that in places which are truly vibrant (when we talk about race that is, enclaves of cultural or religious solidarity are different) what used to be called miscegenation is more the norm than the exception. I wouldn’t sear to this statistic but I dimly recall that the outmarriage rate (or fertility again) among Afro-Caribbeans in London is 35% or something. That’s a “problem” which is being solved the way the English always have solved such problems, by shagging through the generations.
This must actually be so – otherwise, where did all those mixed race people on the dating scene come from?