10 Years After Colorblind
Ten years ago Steve Sailer wrote an ariticle for the National Review titled “Is Love Colorblind“? The article looked at the dating disparity in the black, Asian, and white communities with Asian females and black males being in popular demand and black women and Asian men being at the bottom. The article developed a life of its own on the net, generally resurfacing mostly on Black female/Asian male message boards as a general reason for the two groups to get together.
So in the years that have followed has much changed for the two groups?
Asians are more visible on television with a couple of actors as main characters on popular shows. Halle Berry won an academy award for best actress. There are more Asian American males playing football, basketball and baseball. And the most powerful women in the country is Condoleeza Rice.
But for dating, no I don’t think much has changed. It’s probably stayed the same.
As I mentioned before, the marriage rates for black women is low and the interracial marriage between Asian women and white males is high. So, you would think that with the two groups being unpartnered it would be an easy hook up, right. No.
We still don’t see one another as prospective partners, although I think it may be more so for Asian males than for black females. Searching around the net to different interracial sites they are overpopulated with black females looking for males of varying hues and there are some dedicated to black female/Asian male pairings. There are hardly any Asian males in those groups and the few that are stay lowkey because, face it, they can be. They are at a premium so they can pick and choose the women they want.
But then, out in the real world just like Asian men aren’t looking for black women, the same black women aren’t hawking Asian males. On Tierney’s Lab, John Tierney cited a Racial Preference study that used speed dating sessions to gauge the interracial interests of the participants. Of the men that the black women interacted with the study found:
African-American women said yes about 30 percent less often to Hispanic men; about 45 percent less often to white men; about 65 percent less often to Asian men.
The study also showed (but not conclusively) that black women have a strong preference for black males but black males didn’t exhibit a preference for black females over others. It also said that Asian males received low attractiveness ratings from the female participants, disregarding race.
So the two groups are still on the outs and aren’t looking at one another.
A few years ago Rinku Sen wrote an article for Colorlines magazine about the match ups of Asian women and black males on television. At the end of the article she said, “The real breakthrough would be to pair a Black woman and an Asian man.” She notes that both groups rank low on the desirability scale and thinks that a television romance might help them.
So, with that said I don’t think I’m going to be running into too many other bf/am pairings in my city. But I’m always on the search. Since J and I have been together the odd looks and double-takes have waned or maybe its just that I don’t notice them as much as I used to when we first got together. Every now and then I notice a smile from black women when they see us together and a few weeks ago a good friend of mine who is an Asian male confided in me that he has a crush on a black female. He asked me if he should ask her out; I told him to go for it but I doubt he will.
A little progress is better than none.