Have you heard? Single Black women–especially the educated ones–should look into dating outside their race! Thanks, WaPo!

So many black women are single, she says, because they are stuck in the groove of a one-track song: sitting alone, waiting for that one “good” black man to come along and sweep them off their feet.

Waiting for a “good” black man, with the same education level to marry them.

Waiting. Even when they know the odds are stacked against them.

Single black women with college degrees outnumber single black men with college degrees almost 3 to 1 in major urban areas such as Washington, according to a 2008 population survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. Given those numbers, any economist would advise them to start looking elsewhere.

It’s Econ 101 for the single, educated black woman.

“Black women are in market failure,” says writer Karyn Langhorne Folan. “The solution is to find a new market for your commodity. And in this case, we are the commodity and the new market is men of other races.”

Speaking of “one-track songs”…

If this article wasn’t re-tread once or twice a week, Black women would surely be lost.

So we’re clear, I don’t have any particular opinion on who Black women should date.  To guys and gals alike I say: date someone who makes you laugh and will put up with you when you’re being insufferable (#SharptonShrug).

My beef is this article-by-numbers approach to the subject

  • Talk about what Black women want but can’t have
  • Mention degree disparities
  • Stir in pop culture references e.g. “Something New”, “The Princess and The Frog”
  • Explain interracial dating as something that’s much more simple than it is or the “Look Ma, no hands!” approach
  • Shake
  • Regurgitate weekly (daily for more extreme cases)

My annoyance comes with seeing this same thing done over and over and over and over and over and over and over. I don’t dare speak for Black women, but as an outside observer, I would dare say this: I think the target audience gets it. You can stop now.

Come back with something new (you see what I did there?)

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