Candice: Another question I get a lot from Black women who are looking to date outside their race is how can they put themselves in the position to meet a man?Even in my own experience I feel like men either assume that I don’t date outside my race or they have hangups about how they’d introduce me to their friends/family (which presents another issue).I’ll admit there’s still some hesitancy to connect offline by both genders—I know this because they write me constantly about how to overcome it.

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Learn more about Christelyn via her blog, Beyond Black & White, and check out her book, Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture, and Creed.

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When I started dating my husband back in 1999, there was absolutely no place, discussion or support for Black women who were dating and/or married interracially.

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I mean actual, real-life interracial relationships. Despite its higher representation on TV and in pop culture, this is still a taboo subject, and one that is often met with a range of emotions that are not always positive.

So I decided to talk to interracial relationship expert, Christelyn Karazin, Brand Ambassador for Interracial Dating Central.com, who gave her thoughts on the subject and why she is an interracial dating advocate particularly for Black women.If she wants to be married, have children, etc., the numbers just aren’t in her favor to remain exclusive to Black men.Why is it “problematic” to open yourself up to other men who might love you?The internet has been an absolute boon for people who are open to dating interracially.Places online like Interracial Dating allows for men and women to take all the guess work out of wondering whether or not a non-Black person is open to them.Since Black women have been hesitant to date interracially for so long, I do consider it “progress” that many of them are discovering that different races of men are willing to love and cherish them. Candice: Something I’ve also noticed lately is that more of my Black female friends have begun to look outside their race specifically due to their frustrations with dating Black men.