Racism manifests itself in all walks of life, but in online environments, where conversations are unmoderated and identities are curated, abuse is rife. For Stephanie Yeboah, dating apps have been plagued by racism of a fetishising nature, with men she speaks to making perverse assumptions based on her black heritage. This can be a particularly damaging form of racism because it relies on problematic tropes surrounding blackness that deny autonomy, Adegoke and Uviebinene argue. However, racism on dating apps is not simply a case of being judged by the way you look. Having an ethnic name can also provoke racist remarks, says Radhika Sanghani. Speaking to The Independent , comedian and podcast host James Barr reveals that he regularly comes across racist remarks on Grindr, which are often passed off as sexual preferences.
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