Race only becomes an issue when one person of either race show a racial bias in there preference.
When a person of any race makes statements like:
" The thought of dating a _________ makes me ill or that I would rather cut of a limb first".
This is when is because an issue of race rather than what you are attracted to.
It is equally just CRAZY for any person to feel that dating out side their race would be a step up or a step down on the food-chain.
That is a pretty pompous and arrogant attitude in my opinion for anything to think that or that a person who feel it is a step up, your self-esteem really must be in the toilet.
I can recall confronting one of my ex-lover's friends at party when I over-heard him make the comment that, He felt I was using his friend for his $$$$$ and "that he just knew that when we went out that he paid for everything". When I heard that I was insulted and a little hurt because this was not the person who was nice and polite and who was happy for us when I was introduced to him earlier that week.. Most of all I was pissed! He as in my apartment not my ex-lover’s MINE! We did not live together at the time because we were not ready to make that step yet more so me than him.
With as much grace and poise that I could muster I said.
"Pardon me, I could help over hearing what you just said, but for the records when ex-lover and I went out to dinner, I paid for it because I did the inviting and just so you know we both trade off on picking of the tab for dinner... Now why don't you run and tell THAT"!
That is the other thing that if you date outside your race, you have to deal with the friends and the family.
From both sides.
That is the other reason why some guys are gun shy about it. Although they would like to some not all they don't because you have to take into consideration if it's worth it and if you are strong enough to deal with the back-lash and the stigma from those that you care about the most and most guys are not strong enough to do that and that's for all races.
Sorry for the reply being so long.