Racism in the dating game

There was a startling experiment in which the subjects, a mixed group of all backgrounds were kitted out with glasses to track their eyeball movements and then thrust into a roomful of similarly mixed, attractive people.Regardless of their own origins, or preferences, they looked overwhelmingly more at the white people in the room.Most people will think that this can only be a good thing (after all, shouldn’t dating shows should reflect society? When you see someone who looks like you on TV, you can often identify yourself with them, which can either be a good or bad thing.Last year we saw Samira enter the house, and as I saw her walking in, I was conflicted.Another demo paraded sparsely clad models and asked them to give scores.

If we’ve learned anything from the disaster that was the Oh Polly Inclusive page, we know that getting diversity right is harder than it might initially seem.

In spite of that, the study suggested, people's choices at the altar followed straightforward lines. This was no lightweight affair, social historian Emma Dabiri joining forces with social scientist Dr Keon West to try out a variety of tests on a panel of 10 singletons and compare them with a new, extensive survey of 5,000.

Men married women of the same ethnic make-up as their mothers, women married men in the ethnic image of their fathers. They homed in very swiftly on the ways in which modern partner-hunting was actually limiting people's choices and corralling them into strict, ethnic boxes.

Half of me wanted her to leave the show and the other half of me wanted her to press on and find love.

As well as this, I remember seeing tweets by white men comparing Samira to black footballer players who were men.

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