“Where White People Meet” Is A Controversial New Dating Site For Straight Whites Only

Finally, there’s a dating site just for white people!

The creator of the controversial online dating website WhereWhitePeopleMeet., rejects claims that his site is racially motivated in any way.

53-year-old Sam Russell, the former owner of a used-car empire and the resident of a Zip code that is 92.4 percent white, insists that his site was born of the idea that singletons of “every origin, race, religion and lifestyle” can find someone for them, even white people.

“It’s about equal opportunity,” Russell told the Washington Post. “The last thing in the world I am is racist. I dated a black woman once. I just believe it’s hypocrisy to say ‘one group can do this, but another can’t.'”

Russel compared WhereWhitePeopleMeet to Christian Mingle and Farmers Only as examples of preference-based dating websites.

Vox asked whether “white people need where white people meet?”

The reason people are talking about the dating site is that there doesn’t seem to be a need for it. White people still represent the majority of Americans, and in the dating world, there are benefits to being white.

OkCupid, one of the largest dating websites in the US, compiles data on its “matches” between its members. In 2009, OkCupid found that white men get the most responses from potential mates. It also found that white women tend to reply to white men and exclude nonwhite men. “[W]hite women have an above-average compatibility with almost every group. Yet they only reply well to guys who look like them,” OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder wrote on the site’s blog.

The same data was collected again in 2014, and the numbers stayed consistent:

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The boxes represent people’s preferences versus the average; the bottom right box, for example, shows that white women rate white men as 19 percent more attractive than the average guy. These numbers reveal a strong bias against black women and Asian, black, and Latino men. They reveal that people tend to rate their own race more highly. And they reveal that there’s an attractiveness benefit to being a white man.

“Beauty is a cultural idea as much as a physical one, and the standard is of course set by the dominant culture, Rudder explains. “I believe that’s what you see in the data here. One interesting thing about OkCupid’s interface is that we allow people to select more than one race, so you can actually look at people who’ve combined “white” with another racial description. Adding “whiteness” always helps your rating! In fact it goes a long way towards undoing any bias against you.”

In case you were wondering, the site only allows you to perform heterosexual searches. When you attempt to perform a “man seeking a man” search or a “woman seeking a woman” search, the site automatically switches the search back to a heterosexual search setting: