Most young girls grow up fantasizing about dating and marrying someone within their own racial/ethnic group, and indeed, approximately 87% of marriages in the U. are between people of the same racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Black girls growing up today face a very different reality as illustrated by a few daunting statistics.
This blog will be devoted to examining historical and current issues related to dating, marriage, and divorce between African Americans and whites, with a focus on black women and white men. Supreme Court invalidated any laws prohibiting interracial marriages in the Loving vs. ‘Loving Day’ is celebrated in several places across the country and my blog celebrates this decision, too.
I am launching my blog today, June 12th because it is an important date in the history of interracial marriage. Black women are the only group of women in America who cannot take for granted that if they seek marriage to a black man that there will be an ample supply of available men from which to choose.
I hope that doesn’t make me racist but honestly that’s the 1st thing I think of (white male respondent) This respondent is middle-class with no black female friends, rare interactions with black families growing up, and who states his interactions with black women only consist of work-related experiences, yet, he expresses strong racialized, gendered, and classed views of black women as the first impressions that come to his mind.
Another respondent, a middle class white male in his 40’s stated the following about black women and attraction: Sexual attraction for me is a combination of physical and personal attributes.
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But sometimes, like when I encounter a well-dressed family man with a mutual love for certain breakfast cereals, I wonder if I am failing my people.
After all, 50 years ago in many states it was still illegal for us to marry anyone who was not also black. Although race relations are still far from perfect, I acknowledge the steps toward inclusion that we’ve made.
First, according to , the number of black females begin to outnumber black males by age 16; for whites, this does not happen until approximately age 32.
Second, black men are three to four times more likely than black women to marry outside of the race.