Also, I've done my own research in the past half hour, regarding black male and female populations.
According to the June 2009 statistics, there are exactly, 307,006,550 people living in the US.
According to 2008 statistics, the black population constitutes 12.4% of the US population. That's 38,068812 people in total.
Assuming that the population is 50%male/50%female, this means 19,034,406 black men & 19,034,406 black women in total.
The most recent statistics, 2007, suggest that black males aged population 20-29 makes up 6.94% of the black community. This means that are 1,320,988 black males, aged 20-29. Conversely, there 1,277,209 black females, aged 20-29. Black females aged 20-29 make up 6.71% of the black community.
The Economist article, as posted by 'Slickback, says that black men aged 20-29 are in jail at the rate of 1 out of every 9. Taking away those incarcerated, there are 1,174,212 available black men. For black females, 1 out of every 150 are incarcerated, leaving 1,268,694 available black women. As we can see, this is when available black females start outnumbering available black men. We're losing brothers to jail.
According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, in 2006, the percentage of blacks with college degrees was 42%. The percentage of black women with college degrees was 46%. Using our number before, for our subset of people 20-29, we now have 583,599 black women with degrees. The remaining black female population is left behind. In the same journal, the number of black men getting their degrees was at 35%. Applying this to our subset of 20-29, we now have 410,974 black men with college degrees. And of course, the remaining black male population is left behind.
Let's compare the numbers for blacks between 20-29 (I'm using this age group in particular because of that Economist article). Black females with college degrees to those without (and not in jail): 583,599/685095. Black males with college degrees to those without (and not in jail): 410,974/763,238.
If my numbers tell us anything, it's that, yes, black men are at a serious deficit but the majority are not in prison. Also, there are plenty of potential SOs to go around. Now, of course, people have their preferences for those with advanced degrees and whatnot and that certainly comes into play. But, if my numbers are anywhere close to correct, there is something other than playing the numbers game in claiming that black men and women aren't compatible with each other because not enough brothers are available. Also, there is a good number of black females without college degrees.
My whole point is that, yes, as a population minority, we lack numbers comparable to our white counterparts in regards to education and social status. But, at the same time, black men and black women are still available, granted there are more eligible black females than black males.