Tiger Dating: Should Black Women Care?

Even with acceptance of interracial dating at an all-time high, we're still asking the question.

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But when it comes to Tiger Woods and why some are obsessed with talking about whom he or others like him may date, there is a conversational elephant in the room. I am referring to the marriage rates of black women -- another topic about which I have turned down television interviews. This is mainly because I have yet to see an instance in which the subject was covered in the media in a manner in which I would have felt proud to participate. But that issue still doesn't inspire me to care whom Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant or O.J. Simpson, for that matter, are dating or married to.

I can't think of a single black woman I know personally who would want to put up with any of them. They seem like walking, talking egos and headaches. I'm absolutely not saying that is the case for all men or people who have a specific preference, but my point is, before expending energy questioning or condemning such men's choices, how about asking why you -- or anyone -- care in the first place? Would you actually want to be with a guy who only wants to date someone who embodies a standard of physical perfection defined by society -- a standard many of us don't agree with anyway?

I have more important things to worry about than who they, or any other person I don't know and will never meet, is dating, marrying, talking to, creeping with or doing anything else with, for that matter.

And frankly so do all of us.  

Keli Goff is The Root's political correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.

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