|The Dinner Table Documentary|
|The Dinner Table Documentary|
Four carefree black girls are all sharing their two cents over Skype… now of course, nothing good could come out of this. The topic of conversation leads to the wonderful popular dating app known as Tinder.
“Men on there are so bold,” says Jamanchi Orgi, a pre-med major at UNC Chapel Hill, as she discusses her latest unpleasant encounter with Tinder’s finest.
Soon we begin to exchange the ill-conceived pick up lines that men have used on Tinder. “I’ve once had a white boy ask me if I ‘want a taste of this white chocolate’,” says Mariah Boone, a bio major at North Carolina State University, “that’s when I knew it was time to go.”
After a few more laughs and joking around the conversation takes a steep turn. It becomes clear to me that their experience on tinder is something unique to black women.
“Tinder is tough for the sisters!” says Fumi Agboola, an education policy student at North Carolina State University. “Boys on there always say stuff like ‘oh I’ve never been with a black girl’, or ‘once you go white you never go back!’”
That last part brought back memories of the same foolishness we had to deal with in high school. All of us attended the same predominately white high school and during our time there were constantly baffled by the fact that none of the guys there would go for black girls.
“You remember all the black guys that were always like #whitegirlsonly?, and we could never understand it because your mother is black, your aunties are black, your grandmother is black…” says Boone, “Well, I matched with some of them and I’m like ‘wow, so all of that was a lie?’”
Apparently we all matched with a lot of the preppy white boys and black guys who wouldn’t go for black girls from our high school. We continued to laugh at the irony of it all; these were the same people that convinced us that we weren’t on par with their eurocentric standards of beauty, yet here they are begging us for nudes with their corny pickup lines.
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I come to realize that maybe since they can hide behind a screen, they may think that it’s okay to pursue black girls.
“I definitely think [anonymity] plays a role in all of this,” says Orgi, “Like we’ve said before, boys on Tinder are very very bold, and there’s no way they would be talking to us if it weren’t for the fact that this is all happening online.”
We soon ended sharing our two cents about Tinder, but the conversation stuck with me enough to get me writing. The more and more I think about it the more I question Tinder’s popularity, and what’s it’s really doing to black girls. Is it uplifting black women or putting them down?
Tinder has gotten much more publicity recently, and I think that this could be dangerous since it seems to be perpetuating the fetishizing of black women and maintaining this idea that black women are undesirable.
Then again maybe the anonymity that Tinder provides serves as a platform for men to view black girls romantically, and this could help lead us one step closer to popularizing interracial dating.
Honestly it all looks a little hazy to me, but hopefully my two cents will make sense to somebody reading this.
Written By: Lidia Abraha