On the whole, the process of online dating is a great thing.
Singles dress up their bios with pithy zingers in an attempt to match with other bae-less individuals.
Sometimes this pairing leads to an awkward exchange.
It’s no secret Bumble and the like are largely used by non-black romance-seekers, therefore my chances of finding the one, if I want a black husband, are slim.
This trend also makes Black People Meet, Soul Swipe and BAE (Before Anyone Else), a new dating app specifically made for people of color, absolutely necessary.
Brian Gerrard created BAE in April 2015 (along with his brother Justin and friend Jordan Kunzika) after seeing the racial disparities in digital dating.
Scarred from their own letdowns, they wanted to stack the odds in favor of black singles.
Because of a few failed rounds of my own with Plenty of Fish, I’m averse to finding a boo online. Sprawled across my bed, I signed up via my Facebook profile and the app automatically plugged in four profile pics.
Still, I downloaded the app to see if I had a better chance of snagging an eligible suitor. I don’t know how BAE knew to use my super-cute selfies, but I wasn’t complaining.Basic stats like the city I live in, my age and occupation were also automatically filled in.As a black woman, however, trying to find love online isn’t so simple. You see, it’s an established fact that dating for black women is terrible.On dating apps, which were created to increase the chance of finding love, prejudice abounds.Ok Cupid data shows that 82 percent of non-black men are prejudice against black women in some form, and I’ve found that to be true.My non-black friends typically receive right swipes from every Tom, Dick and Harry.