53-year-old Utah resident Sam Russell swears his new dating site, wherewhitepeoplemeet.com, isn’t racist.
“It’s about equal opportunity,” he told the Washington Post. “The last thing in the world I am is racist. I dated a black woman once.”
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Despite the fact that the name of the website makes a point of mentioning race, the former used-car salesman insists his site is “not racially motivated in any way.” To prove it, all one needs to do is visit the About Us page.
“Here at www.wherewhitepeoplemeet.com we believe that all people, regardless of race, creed, color or religion deserve to be happy and that no one should go through life alone,” the page reads.
Noticeably absent from the statement are the words “sexual orientation.” That’s because wherewhitepeoplemeet.com, in addition to catering to an all-white crowd, also only caters to heterosexuals. The site’s default settings forbid users from searching for members of the same sex.
“It’s our right to have this business,” Russell said, though it was unclear whether the “we” he was referring to was himself or white heterosexual people, in general. “If we want equal rights in this country, it has to be equal rights for everybody.”
“No one who knows me,” he added, “would ever call me a racist.”