Dante_101 saidIts a preference. You like what you like. I think its wrong for someone to tell you your being "mean" or "racist" for saying what your attracted to.
I agree; however, having a preference of any kind is alienating, in at least some capacity or another. Yes, this includes sexual preferences that are not pansexual/bisexual in nature. Of course, the reality is we don't live in an ideal world where anyone could be with anyone simply on the content of one's character (and mind you there would still be preferences even then). That's fine. We shouldn't be smothered with stigma or chastised for simply having desires for they are rarely the negotiators and mostly the dictators.
I don't think there is anything "wrong" with the idea of having preferences; I think it is the dismissive attitude and disdainful behavior associated often with preference that people dislike. To tersely be told "you're not my type" is never an easy pill to swallow for most; rejection is something that we, as humans, cringe and shudder over. Layer that with prejudice and stereotypes (e.g. no Asians -> No Rice) and you get a lot of anger/confusion/sadness.
Some might contend "Well, where do you get off saying something like 'No Asian'? What the hell is 'Asian'? Someone from the continent?" If this is the case, they ultimately end up alienating a lot of people-- especially those who say they prefer 'Caucasians' for example. There are many who may not 'look Asian' but belong to the continent likewise there are those who are Caucasian that don't look anything like the ones they're used to seeing.
Semantics and categorical terms are charged, especially when the nuances can be so great as to offend, but ultimately, it is in my opinion if you can show disinterest in a person romantically without coming off as a bloody tosser, you're gravy baby.
'Lest not forget, we're all humans here. It's just some of us are tragic ignoramuses and confuse "honesty" with mean-spirited vice. :/
When preference becomes a pejorative, it no longer is a prerogative worth having-- unless, you wish to be an ass mite.
Hold all of yourself responsibly and without prejudice and you should not be vilified-- in theory anyway.