By Team BLAM
Finally, there’s a statistical analysis of relationship dynamics in the black community that offers a ray of hope instead of the persistent “gloom and doom” prophesy about black marriage that we’ve all become too familiar with. In light of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggesting an unconventional approach to marriage woes for black women, a good friend of ours, DeShuna Spencer of Empower Magazine, published an article earlier this week by Dr. Ivory A. Toldson and Dr. Bryant Marks that challenges the media propaganda about black marriage and asserts that there are AVAILABLE and ELIGIBLE black men.
Below you’ll find some of the statistical data presented by Dr. Toldson and Dr. Marks in their Empower Magazine piece. Trust and believe you’ll be surprised by what was found.
WHY ALL THE FOCUS ON SINGLE BLACK WOMEN
For example, we examine ABC News, Nightline feature article, “Single, Black, Female — and Plenty of Company.” Taking this statement literally, we should understand that single white women have more “company” than single black women. In the US, 6.2 million black women have never been married, compared to 16.6 million white women. Therefore, a single white female has 10 million more counterparts with whomto enjoy single life than black women.
WHERE ARE THE “GOOD” AND “SUCCESSFUL” BLACK MEN?
Nationwide, although more than 800,000 more black women than black men have at least a bachelor’s degree, almost 200,000 more black men than black women earn more than $75,000 per year. In America,725,922 black men earn more than $75,000 compared to 528,204 black women; 100,000 more black men earn more than $100,000 than black women; and black men are twice as likely to earn more than a quarter million dollars. Therefore, if we define success in terms of education, there will never be enough black men for black women, but if we define success in terms of income, there is still some hope for black love.
Education increases the chances that a black male will earn a higher income but does not completely determine income. Several occupations that do not require a college degree are overrepresented among six figure black men. The top five occupations for black men who make six figures without a college degree are: (1) managers, (2) truck drivers, (3) police officers, (4) construction workers, and (5) bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers. Interestingly, rounding out the top 10 are janitors and building cleaners; a profession that accounts for 1,431 black men who make six figures.
A LOT OF BLACK MEN WHO MIGHT BE MARRIAGE MATERIAL ARE GAY
From our data, we can estimate that578,533 (4.8 percent) black men and 2.5 million (3.4 percent) white men are in cohabitating relationships with other men. When comparing only white and black men who have college degrees the percent who are cohabitating with men is 2.6 percent for both races. We understand that only a small percentage of the total homosexual population cohabitate, however this is evidence against the theory that homosexuality is overrepresented among college educated black men.
SUCCESSFUL BLACK MEN ONLY WANT WHITE WOMEN
Eighty-eight percent of all black men who are married are married to black women. When we use the census to compare household economic status between black and interracial couples, we find that 8 percent of black males who are living at or near poverty have a white wife, and 9 percent of black males who are middle class or better have a white wife. Among married black men with a personal income of more than $100,000, 12 percent have a white wife, 83 percent have a black wife, and 5 percent have a wife who is neither black nor white. Six percent of married black men who are high school dropouts have a white wife and 92 percent have black wives. Among black men with college degrees, 10 percent have a white wife and 85 percent have black wives. Among black male professional athletes, 72.8% are married to black women, 22.2% are married to white women, and 5% are married to women who are neither black nor white.
BLAM Fam what are your thoughts about this data? We at BLAM personally feel that it’s refreshing to see some news that’s encouraging when it comes to relationship dynamics in our community. YES…WE KNOW WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. If nothing else, we hope that you take from this study that ..
1.THERE ARE “GOOD” BLACK MEN WHO ARE AVAILABLE.
2. ALL BLACK MEN AREN’T LOSERS.
3. MEDIA PROPAGANDA IS REAL AND SERVES IT’S OWN AGENDA
4. THERE’S HOPE FOR BLACK LOVE AND BLACK MARRIAGE.
To read the entire article visit Empower Magazine.
P.S. Great Piece DeShuna