Blackpeoplemeet.com calls itself a “niche site,” but it is really a racist dating site. Its commercials boast the slogan, “This is where black people meet” as if black people should not meet non-black people. And though they state only 4% of all African-Americans use the site, there are over 100,000 users making it the 11th most popular dating site in the world.1 But is blackpeoplemeet.com really a racist dating site? The answer is yes.
Blackpeoplemeet.com’s “7 Inspiring Online Dating Statistics” and hypocrisy
In an article published online by blackpeoplemeet.com entitled “7 Inspiring Online Dating Statistics,” the seventh most inspiring statistic is that “online daters find sense of humor more important in a mate than appearance.” The problem is that blackpeoplemeet.com depends on appearance for its success. The color of one’s skin is part of a person’s appearance and creating a site designed for black people to find “a mate” means creating a site where appearance is of utmost importance. Eharmony.com, Match.com, POF.com, and other sites which welcome people of all races may be a place where humor is more important than appearance, but when you log onto blackpeoplemeet.com, the user is expected to be black and expected to meet another black person. This is the epitome of placing appearance over all other criteria and is what makes blackpeoplemeet.com a racist dating site.
Other Racist Dating Sites and Online De Facto Segregation
But blackpeoplemeet.com is not the only racist dating site out there. Here are a few more:
- · Whitepeopledate.com for whites
- · Asiandating.com for Asians
- · Jdate.com for Jews
- · Latinopeoplemeet.com for Latinos
- · And many others
The problem with these sites is that they tell people that they shouldn’t date outside their race. White people should come to whitepeopledate.com to date white people, black people to blackpeoplemeet.com to date black people, etc. On these racist dating sites, de facto segregation, or segregation based not on the law but on simple fact, becomes apparent on these racist dating sites. It is a simple fact that blackpeoplemeet.com is for blacks for “this is where black people meet.” This slogan seems to assert that black people should not meet whites, Asians, or people of other racial groups. They should only date those who fall within their own race. And that segregation creates racism.
Freedom of Speech?
Freedom of speech is allowed in America, even when it is racist. It may be unfortunate, but without racist speech allowed, freedom of speech would not exist. And these racist dating sites take advantage of free speech to fill their pockets with money. If blackpeoplemeet.com really is the 11th most popular dating site in the world, those who run it are likely making a good living. In other words, while taking advantage of free speech, the owners of blackpeoplemeet.com and other racist dating sites are using racism to put a couple extra dollars in their pocket. In other words, racism is profitable and free speech makes it possible. But is also destroys all the efforts of black men like Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama. Racist dating sites like blackpeoplemeet.com go against Dr. King’s desires for integration and an end to racism. In fact, he was the one who envisioned little black children and little white children holding hands together.
It is truly sad that these racist dating sites exist, but at long as freedom of speech exists, we may have to live with this racism however much we might not want to.
1Blackpeoplemeet.com. “7 Inspiring Online Dating Statistics.” n.d. Blackpeoplemeet.com Magazine. Web. 12 June 2013.