"There are some who really think that White or non-Black women are superior," Brooks says.

He chose to live in California because he feels the state is more accepting of interracial couples and wants his kids to grow up in a diverse environment.

America's racist history of enslaving Black people and perpetuating a stereotype that Blacks are inferior still impacts our relationships and community.

What can be even more disheartening than seeing your beautiful, professional, well-educated sisterfriend still unattached is seeing a successful Black man settle down with someone of another ethnic group.

The immediate thought for many is, With all the gorgeous, accomplished Black women available, why didn't he choose one of us?

"Every time some famous man is on display with his White woman, a lot of my friends will have something negative to say or something that seems like they feel betrayed, as if that man is a representation of all Black men," Brooks says.

Thankfully, she has armed herself with the data that more than 70 percent of Black men are married to Black women.During their college days at the University of Pittsburgh, some Black male friends of Merrian Brooks, 33, would say they didn't know any Black women who were as attractive as White women."Some of the men I really respected would exclusively date White women," she says."It felt like confirmation of my insecurity as a dark-skinned Black woman who was single."But Brooks, a pediatrician, says she no longer cares who Black men date.So it's no wonder we're thrilled for Black women who have found loveā€”no matter the ethnicity of their partner.Though Black men are still twice as likely as Black women to date outside their race, it seems more and more of us are becoming open to dating beyond the color line."These are professional people who work with all races and ethnicities. They were supportive in the end, but we still have issues today."Meador, who describes herself as a "chocolate, thick girl with locs," says she and her husband, Michael, 31, have clashed with her pals.