It is what it is.] I haven't done many stories on The Lonely Black Woman Industrial Complex™ lately, mostly because much of the MSM's analysis on why sistas can't get hitched is repetitive and seems like a kneejerk reaction to there being a married black couple in the White House.

It's not a particularly new topic, but since it appeared in the Wall Street Journal and has somewhat of an economic angle, I figured why not discuss it. Three in 10 college-educated black women haven't married by age 40; their white peers are less than half as likely to have remained unwed. As a black man, my interest in the issue is more than academic.

Lots of people have ideas about what is going to make a good relationship or a bad relationship, and many people have a lot of trouble with men or women dating and marrying outside their racial, religious, economic and educational backgrounds.

I came away convinced of two facts: Black women confront the worst relationship market of any group because of economic and cultural forces that are not of their own making; and they have needlessly worsened their situation by limiting themselves to black men.

I also arrived at a startling conclusion: Black women can best promote black marriage by opening themselves to relationships with men of other races.

It should be noted that the researchers were primarily interested in the attractiveness ratings of the White and Black profiles; accordingly, the Asian and Latina profiles were not utilized in comparisons.

Results revealed that close to half (43.5%) of the men studied had been, at some point, in an interracial relationship.

Rather than fighting it head on, try to understand that it usually stems from fear of differences.

If you can see the person criticizing your dating outside your race as someone who is fearful and needs help, you may be able to let any of your own anger about the situation go.

Black women lead by far the most segregated intimate lives of any minority group in the U. They are less than half as likely as black men to wed across racial lines.

Only about 1 in 20 black women are interracially married. Numerous studies of Internet dating confirm that black women are the partners least desired by non-black men.

It's hard to resist the paradoxical possibility that, if more black women married non-black men, then more black men and women might, in time, marry each other.

The story, written by a black college professor is rambling and somewhat incoherent, but the general premise is that since marriage is a good economic move and black women aren't getting married because there aren't enough brothas available, wouldn't black women (and by extension, the black community as a whole) be better off marrying white guys? Just go read the WSJ story, and come back here to share your general thoughts.

As more black women expanded their options, black women as a group would have more leverage with black men.