She's an attractive, half-Chinese and half-Caucasian 24-year-old woman, who uses OKCupid.Last week, she received what, to me, is an explicitly racist message.He was full of charisma and laughter, and he lost his life for it.And while we are far removed from the Jim Crow South, we aren’t far removed from the institutionalized racism on which this country was built.
Even though we were being raised in the 1990s, decades after Till's death, we all knew that racism was still alive and well in this country.
A man messaged her, telling her how attractive he thought her “Latino tan” was.
When she pointed out that she was actually Indian, and naturally brown, he stopped replying immediately.
Christian Rudder, the site’s co-founder, says: “OKCupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be.
If anything, racial bias has intensified a bit.” A close friend, Sarah, is living proof of this.So just as my mother did for us as children, I will tell my son the story of Emmet Till.