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This spate of news stories about the constellation of woes black women regularly face has the veneer of topicality, of political urgency. You've got race. You've got sex. And you have stats for the appearance of sobriety and rigor. But the end result tends to be Steve Harvey -- Steve Harvey -- on Nightline, in his new, fairly ridiculous role as an ostensible relationship expert, lecturing to a bunch of Atlanta-area women he's never met about what they're doing wrong or how black men have failed them. It's The Michael Baisden Show with ABC News's imprimatur.

QOD Part Deux:

It's worth pointing out again that it remains arguable how much impact "dating out" has on black marriage trends. In the most recent census data, 93% of married black men were married to black women, and that as of '07, only 4.7 percent of all married black couples were married to white people

Yes, I'm quoted in the post, but I think both points are really perceptive. There's an entertainment value to this whole spate of stories which out of proportion with the actual behavior of married black men. 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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