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NEW BOOK,”SWIRLING,” DISCUSSES INTERRACIAL DATING & WHY BLACK WOMEN SHOULD CONSIDER IT

Posted May 11, 2012
Two African American women offer the first ever handbook on navigating the exciting, tricky, and potentially dangerous terrain of interracial relationships with personal anecdotes, historical context, pop cultural references, and expert tips on how to make the bumpy ride a bit smoother.

When it comes to black women, the statistics have been grim when it comes to the prospects of dating and finding a husband, so much so that the term “black girl curse” is now part of the vernacular. Stanford Law professor and author Ralph Richard Banks made headlines last year as he put the statistics on front street: 70% of professional black women are unmarried compared to 45% of comparable white women, largely due to the fact that the majority of black women choose not to date and marry outside their race, all the while waiting on that “good black man.”  It’s an ongoing debate which has many black women wrestling with their long-held fantasies of whether to hold out for, give up on, or move towards the idea of dating men who are not African American.

For those who are flirting with the idea of an interracial relationship, journalists Christelyn D. Karazin and Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn offer the perfect roadmap to finding potential bliss.  In SWIRLING: How to Date, Mate and Relate, Mixing Race, Culture and Creed (Atria Books; Original Trade Paperback; May 2012; $15), Karazin, who is known for her popular blog BeyondBlackWhite.com, and Littlejohn, a journalist for more than 20 years, write candidly about the personal journeys of interracial dating and marriage and why it is has become increasingly important for more black women who are interested in having a male partner to look outside of the limited pool of black men for mates.  “The lamentable truth is that at least two million of us are in jeopardy of never experiencing that kind of love, especially within our own race. The shortage of black men is real – and black women are fighting like alley cats for the half a handful of eligible and marriageable brothers,” writes Karazin.

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