Last night, SBS aired their much-anticipated documentary Date My Race hosted by journalist Santilla Chingaipe. It was a fascinating watch – but will leave you unsure if you’re inspired, or completely mortified by the results.
So she decided to set up a social experiment: four volunteers would trial run her ‘colour blind’ dating app, to see who they would match with when skin colour was taken out of the equation.
What emerged was a surprising insight into how romance and racial profiling have found themselves inexplicably entwined in modern-day Australia.
Raymond is 28, a white male tradie living in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. He’s never dated anyone who isn’t caucasian before. He compares his preferences to, um, cars.
“Some people find it very racist,” he said, referring to his preference to white women.
“To me it could be a little bit racist, but a preference is a preference. If I like a Holden I'll buy a Holden not a Ford.”
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Slightly older Alexander is Asian, gay, and exclusively dates white men - a preference which apparently is referred to as being a ‘Potato Queen’. 42-year-old Alexander said that when it comes to dating, “nothing else seems right”.
“To me white people are the epitome of class and the gold standard of desirability,” he said.
“I really feel the white race is the superior one today. I only date white men.”
Also featured were 29-year-old Indian male Abby, struggling to reconcile the idea of dating a non-Indian woman, and New Zealand flight attendant Evelyn, who only wants to date people who ‘look like her’.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom: tradie Ray ended up finding great chemistry with Muslim woman Rita, with the pair saying they are both wanting to catch up after the show.