Perhaps you’ve heard of the website WhereWhitePeopleMeet.com, which is getting a lot of pub on Yahoo in the article titled “There’s a New Dating Site for White People to Meet Each Other in Peace.” As noted in the piece, Where White People Meet claims to offer an environment where white people can meet one another without worrying about people of color getting in the way.
A search for the images already uploaded to the Where White People Meet shows that non-white faces are popping up therein, including Black Lives Matter profile pics.
yall kno this militia thing is just a viral ad campaign for #wherewhitepeoplemeet right?— Alejandro (@amjcrawford) January 4, 2016
There’s also a profile photo on Where White People Meet of a black woman, titled “Profile picture of Jacqueline C.,” blowing a kiss. (Actually, that’s a photo of Kelly Rowland that someone obviously uploaded.) Sure, these could be stock photos that jokesters have likely uploaded to the site, but they are thought-provoking and funny all the same.
The founder of the Where White People Meet website claims it’s all love, and that the website isn’t racist.
“People ask all the time ‘Why White People Meet’? I always say, why not? Just about every other race, religion and walk of life have dating websites, so why not Where White People Meet? Our intentions in creating this dating website were never meant to be racist or biased in any way. In fact, my personal views are those of tolerance, love, acceptance and understanding. Anyone, 18 or older, may join and we encourage you to do so.”
The website’s URL has been around since 2012, according to Who Is, but the website recently launched in September. Where White People Meet is only gaining more buzz due to an expensive billboard advertising the website near Salt Lake City, Utah. As such, the site has gained more traction and attention online, along with detractors who don’t like the premise.
Proponents of Where White People Meet point to the fact that sites like Black People Meet have been around for years, so why not have the antithesis of such a dating site. As a result of all the online attention and the billboard doing its job, Where White People Meet has seen their membership surge from 35 members to more than 300 people, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
According to the Where White People Meet members page, there are more than 800 members as of this writing. Along with safe dating tips offered on the website’s blog, as well as promo codes to help people make the decision to join, Where White People Meet borrows a line from the Bible and warns members to “do to others as you would have them do to you.”
“As the website grows, it becomes an online dating community. As a member of that community, you have responsibilities and rules to follow. Those rules are there to protect all of us and to make our experience fun and safe. As you navigate the website and begin to interact with other members please remember the golden rule of ‘treat others as you want to be treated.’ The staff here at Where White People Meet will not tolerate rude, aggressive, or racist behavior. The last thing we want it to have to remove a member of this community but please know that we will.”
Membership for the site runs as high as $69 for every 6 months, so white folks who want to meet other white folks using the site may find themselves coming up off some serious green to meet their “soul mate,” as the site calls them.
Apparently, a hunter runs Where White People Meet, according to another blog entry.
On Facebook, reactions to Where White People Meet feature folks joking and commenting and asking whether or not Utah is already the place where white people meet.
[Image via Where White People Meet]