Is it Wrong to Only Seek Out Friends Of Your Own Race?

August 25, 2011  |  

When meeting new people, whether through your job or your interactions with individuals outside of work, do you make an attempt to meet people of races other than your own? A few months back, we asked if having a preference of only dating people of your own race made you racist (most said no of course), but I wonder what it says about you if you prefer to only befriend people of your own racial background? Are you being close-minded, or are you harmlessly going with what you know and feel comfortable with?

I was asked a question similar to this while working at my previous place of employment. I just so happened to eat lunch with, hang out with and meet up with a small group of black women at my job on a daily basis. Though we all worked in different departments, we all seemed to “find” each other. And though I hadn’t gone out of my way to only befriend other black women at my job, they seemed to be some of the few people I talked to there.

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