Globe and mail dating racism
They’d be dealing with Cebull-based appeals for the rest of their lives.It’s much cleaner for the court to say, “The man’s retired, let’s move on.” And really, there are probably tons of people who are just as racist as Richard Cebull floating around the federal judiciary.And yet, regardless of what Russell thinks about his site or his own intentions, there’s no denying that dating is racially motivated — and online dating, demonstrably so.Data from Ok Cupid, the most transparent of the mainstream dating sites, has repeatedly shown a sitewide bias against people of colour.
While an early version has been online since August, the site officially launched last weekend when Russell unveiled an immediately divisive billboard southwest of Salt Lake City.Although that billboard depicts a smiling white couple, Russell insists that anyone over 18 may join, regardless of race or ethnicity.(“If you’re a black man who prefers to date white women, this might be a good option,” he said — presuming you can get over the object of your affection’s stated racial preferences.) It costs a month to message other members, and the site’s terms of service specifically prohibit messages that “promote racism, bigotry, [or] hatred.” “The site is not racially motivated in any way,” Russell stressed.The message will be too late for many of the community members who were taken from their happy homes and placed into a situation of agony, poverty and hopelessness.By 1973, 117 of the more than 250 members who were originally moved had already died.
The photo led to a devastating government-forced relocation in 1956 that caused despair and death — cutting the First Nation's population nearly in half.