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'Marriage Gap' Equally Wide From Other Side

April 12, 1993

Re "The Marriage Gap" (March 28): I'd like to thank you for yet another article addressing the problems of black females finding a suitable mate with a decidedly pro-female slant.

If you ever decide to do a balanced article on the topic, please take a little time to interview guys like me. I'm 31, African-American, single, degreed, employed in an impressive (but average-paying) white collar job and single. It is as difficult for a black man to find a desirable black female in Los Angeles as it is for black females to find an eligible black man.

Also, if a black person is a better match for a person outside the race, so be it. I say be happy; complaining and going to war every time one sees an interracial couple is much more damaging than the "sin" of leaving the race for one's need to love and belong with someone.

MICHAEL J. SMITH

Los Angeles

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