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Which is why, in part, Margo Jones finds herself once a month at Sea-Tac Airport, either picking up her boyfriend Ramonde Carpenter, or flying out to New York City to visit him.On a recent Monday, it was his turn to visit, and when he arrived, they laughed and hugged and kissed. The travel may be expensive and exhausting, but for Jones, it’s better than no relationship at all.She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.” This week, we’ve been airing stories by reporter Tonya Mosley centered around the question: What is the black experience in Seattle?Below, hear Web exclusive interviews from more people Mosley interviewed for her series, Black In Seattle.Let's start with a caveat: Trying to rate places on how they appeal to older singles is like picking a vacation spot for someone else.You could roam the hot spots of a town for months without meeting that special someone, then find a soul mate in a chance encounter at the post office. Meet new people and find love with help from AARP Dating.In the last 40 years, black women have had a harder time finding black men to marry for various reasons – high mortality, high incarceration rates and interracial marriage.For single black women, that may mean being willing to go out.
She has a type: “Dark skinned, tall, lean, like athletic-build black men. Not easy to find that type in Seattle – or to find one that isn’t timid, she said.
“If I were in another city I would have at least got the, ‘Hey, how you doing? As she prepared for this Friday night, she said that she’s come to realize that the men she prefers don’t live in Seattle.
And so she faces a dilemma: “I can choose my career and my life here, or I can move to be happier in another portion of my life.
series continued Wednesday with the stories of four black men on how they contend with suspicion and discrimination every day.
Listeners and readers gave us a lot of reaction to the raw piece including frustration and heartbreak.
Jones said she’s willing to wait – after all, she’s waited this long.