"Sorry, I'm only into white guys."
If you are a person of color on a gay dating app, chances are you've experienced some form of fetishization or racism. To this day, people who throw these kinds of phrases around continue to claim "it's just a preference, bro."
On the latest episode of MTV Decoded, Dylan Marron breaks down sexual discrimination and how "preferences" are, in fact, racist.
"Some forms of discrimination have become so ingrained in gay culture that we don't even realize when we're perpetuating them," explains Marron. "When you’re judging a person based solely on their racial background, you’re acting on generalizations you’ve learned to associate with that person’s appearance or heritage."
He continues dropping knowledge bombs: "We actually learn how to define what is attractive from those around us. And because we’re raised within a framework of Western beauty standards, society often characterizes non-white features as 'different' or 'unattractive.'"