Monday 4 January 2016

VIDEO: Why Educated, Single Black Women Struggle To Marry - Is the Black Church Keeping Black Women Single?

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, African American women are less likely to get married than any other racial group. Educated, successful women are choosing to stay single. Some have attributed this choice to sheer numbers. There are more professional African American women than there are professional African American men who would be their marriage counterparts. Add this reality to the fact that there are a disproportionate number of black men incarcerated, and the prospect of marriage for African American women shrinks even more.

Black women who have chosen to speak about their own state of singlehood have said they do not necessarily desire to stay single. They simply do not feel that there is a large enough pool of their equals to choose a husband. Based on census information, these women are 2.5 times less likely to date or marry outside of their race than their male counterparts. They maintain a strong allegiance to their cultural heritage and are not willing to break those ties.

Another factor that may be escalating the number of single African American women is the increasing number of available men who are choosing to wait until their late 30s to get married. Sociologists say that although this can be frustrating for women who earnestly seek marriage, it gives them more time for self-development and economic growth. This means not every aspect of singlehood is dismal.

Is the Black Church Keeping Black Women Single?

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