visastamp saidI think men in general are physically beautiful, but I do love Black men. And the White men that have been into me, or that I dated in the past, always mentioned my "size" or that they've never been with a Black guy, or that I look good for a Black guy. So, it quickly turned me off, as I didn't want to be anyone's fetish or experiment. Then I found out that ALL of the men I liked in the past only wanted sex. That's another story.
Anyway, there is a hierarchy in the gay world, shoot, in the world really. In the gay world it is this:
White men are the GODS of the universe. The whiter and paler, the better.
Light-skinned Latinos and Middle Eastern men are second (close ties).
Tanned latinos, Indians, or mixed race men are next (but not too dark).
Everything that isn't Asian or Black are next in line, again, not too Black.
Asian men are next in line, unless White men REALLY prefer Asians over anyone else.
Black men are at the bottom of the line, and that's that. The darker you are, the worse you are.
In conclusion, when any man sees this standard of beauty in the media and they aren't strong enough to look past it, they want that ideal standard of beauty. Which is why MANY Black gay men today are "thirsty" for White men, and will never consider dating a Black man.
It's one thing to date all kinds of races, it is a completely different thing to date exclusively out of your race.
I think the hierarchy is in your head and is irrelevant. We are in the information age. An age of niches. Anyone who wants anything can find it. Most people are not interested in the main stream and can ignore it. That's why there are parties, meetups groups for bears, twinks, jocks etc.
Choosing is democratic. If you are into black you can meet black, if you are into interracial there are groups for that.
All the white guys I know have preferences. Some are into middle eastern, some into black, some into white, some into Latino. They are not working from a hierarchy. They don't go "I'll have a Latino because there are no whites around". If someone goes for a racial group it's because they like that group not because there are not enough whites to go round.
As for the media. Black guys who are looking for black guys will ignore the mainstream media and find what they are looking for somewhere other than the mainstream.
I certainly don't see myself at the bottom of any hierarchy and even if that hierarchy was true it isn't the case here in the UK. I'm wondering where you are getting your information from.
I think you only see these things if you are not loving self. When you love self you don't see the world in that way.