For me, a partner is appreciated for: friendship, companionship, mutual understanding, support, encouragement, plus being willing to "speak the truth in love" when I need to hear it. Also, I love to share warmth and affection. I believe the best relationships take time to develop. The #1 feeling that I would have if I am with the right person would be gratitude.
I have dated women who are outside of my race and who are from a different ethnic or religious backgrounds.