"If we want equal rights in this country, it has to be equal rights for everybody." If you poke around the Where White People Meet website, it feels like the shell of something that hasn't found its footing.
In a section advertising its active users, only 11 were present when I checked at midday Tuesday: When you try to perform a "man seeking a man" search or a "woman seeking a woman" search, the site forces you to seek a heterosexual match.
Currently, there are more people talking about the ridiculousness of the site than there are active users.
Despite the site's apparent lack of users and interactions, Russell told the Washington Post that 100,000 people visited the site on Sunday and that 1,033 registered to browse the site for free.
But here's one thing that's not up for debate: If white people are what you seek, you don't need to go online to find them in America. In Utah, where the site was conceived, the population is 91 percent white.
That's right, folks — if you want to find "where white people meet," get out from behind that screen and into the world! to care deeply about natural, free-range, fair-trade foods is of much more importance to many white people than what they actually put in their bodies.
That's probably not a topic people really want to discuss on Facebook, in 140 characters on Twitter, or, as Ok Cupid's data has shown, in general.
It's easier to simply profess your anger over Russell's silly site. "I knew there was some potential for backlash, but I’m not going to dodge it," he told the Washington Post.
His reply isn't really steeped in the idea of service, but rather in the idea that because spaces for nonwhite people exist, spaces for white people should also exist.