For Discussion: Black Women + Black Men= No Matrimony-dom…New Study Shows

- By Bossip Staff

We know that this topic seems to be popping up rather frequently, but a new study just dropped with statistics on interracial marriages, mixed race children, the Census, and why Black men and women are not marrying each other:

It is a familiar lament of single African-American women: where are the “good” black men to marry? A new study shows that more and more black men are marrying women of other races. In fact, more than 1 in 5 black men who wed (22 percent) married a nonblack woman in 2008. This compares with about 9 percent of black women, and represents a significant increase for black men — from 15.7 percent in 2000 and 7.9 percent in 1980. Sociologists said the rate of black men marrying women of other races further reduces the already-shrunken pool of potential partners for black women seeking a black husband.

“When you add in the prison population,” said Prof. Steven Ruggles, director of the Minnesota Population Center, “it pretty well explains the extraordinarily low marriage rates of black women.” Among all married African-Americans in 2008, 13 percent of men and 6 percent of women had a nonblack spouse. This compares with nearly half of American-born Asians choosing non-Asian spouses. “The continuing imbalance in the rates for black men and black women could be making it even harder for black women to find a husband,” said Prof. Andrew J. Cherlin, director of the population center at Johns Hopkins University.

The study, to be released Friday by the Pew Research Center, found that intermarriage among Asian, black, Hispanic and white people now accounts for a record 1 in 6 new marriages in the United States. Tellingly, blacks and whites remain the least-common variety of interracial pairing. Still, black-white unions make up 1 in 60 new marriages today, compared with fewer than 1 in 1,000 back when Barack Obama’s parents wed a half-century ago. For instance, of the 2.7 million American children with a black parent, about 10 percent also have one nonblack parent today. Because many mixed-race African- Americans still choose to identify as being black — as Mr. Obama did when he filled out the 2010 census — the number of multiracial African-Americans could actually be higher.

How children of the expanding share of mixed marriages identify themselves — and how they are identified by the rest of society — could blur a benchmark that the nation will approach within a few decades when American Indian, Asian, black and Hispanic Americans and people of mixed race become a majority of the population. “Children of white-Asian and white-Hispanic parents will have no problems calling themselves white, if that’s their choice,” said Andrew Hacker, a political scientist at Queens College of the City University of New York and the author of a book about race.

“But offspring of black and another ethnic parent won’t have that option,” Professor Hacker said. “They’ll be black because that’s the way they’re seen. Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, Halle Berry, have all known that. Will that change? Don’t hold your breath.” Of all 3.8 million adults who married in 2008, 31 percent of Asians, 26 percent of Hispanic people, 16 percent of blacks and 9 percent of whites married a person whose race or ethnicity was different from their own. Those were all record highs.


Via NYTimes

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  • Eva

    I wonder what real black is going to say about this…

  • Kenyetta

    Let the race baiting argument begin….5…4…3…2…1!

  • chrissy


  • Mrz.Reed

    Love has no colors….
    My husband is african american and I am a hispanic woman….
    Love is love…
    no colors….

  • Pwr2Ple

    “This compares with nearly half of American-born Asians choosing non-Asian spouses”


  • Sweet Little Me

    First of all, not every black woman is dying to get married and pop out babies. Marriage is just another tool used to make people feel as though they are inadequate, should that not be an option for them. Most marriages end in divorce. So saying black women aren’t getting married isn’t really saying anything, it also means they aren’t getting divorced. I personally don’t believe in the institution of marriage in the first place, I think its one of the many forms of societal controls upon women that have been in play since the beginning of time. Making people feel that “If your’e not married something must be wrong with you”. It’s a choice.

  • Fabulous is Contagious

    I love how everyone couldn’t care LESS about this topic! It shows how progressive we are finally becoming; accepting how love chooses to express itself and keeping it moving.

    On a more important note: Why did my momma make me the best breakfast ever this morning?!? DANG! Loves Mom dukes!


    Here we go…again…

  • Getreal1

    @Sweet Little Me, I totally agree! A bunch of hogwash! lol

  • not sursprised......

    I’m a Black Man and I dont ever want to marry a black woman. i think others races have a sense of humbleness that most black women dont have. i would love a Samoan or Dominican wife they are as close to Black as u can get

    • sweetgal

      thts ok bcoz i kno quite alot of educated blk women who dont like black men 2. they like white some r aslo getting married 2 non black men

  • Mock Rock Star

    Seems as if this topic will not go away. The reason is that black people do not like each other…crabs in the barrel mentality

  • Eddy

    I always knew that blacks don’t like blacks and want to have lighter kids.

  • Getreal1

    @84% marrying black but damn that little detail!

    Right!! This is yet another pathetic attempt at putting black women down.

  • Dcgal

    Thanks Black men for selling us out after we’ve had your back for 400 years. Disloyal bastards.

  • I'm Just Me... Keeping it Real Since: 1983...EXPECTING

    Wow only 14 responses so far. I will check back after lunch.

  • Here to Share Knowledge, Not argue with you

    Here we go with this bullshyt again….just let it go people…..If a Black man wants to marry a Black woman, he will….if he does not…then he won’t…it is that simple…We as Black women either need to stop complaining about it or move on to something else….

  • Sydney™

    *big sigh*

    “This compares with nearly half of American-born Asians choosing non-Asian spouses.”

    Isn’t this the bigger story? That’s a very large percentage — what are the reasons for this pattern?

  • LezBianBomb



    REAL BLACK!!!!!

    WHERE YOU AT????

  • allirog

    @ rose by any other name # 9304026339482056536 ™

  • Sydney™

    In fact, I don’t think I’ve come across an article that focuses on the trend of Asian-American women who date/marry non-Asian men. The majority of black men and black women who marry still choose partners of the same race.

  • Mrz.Reed

    @ LezBianBomb

    Get your girl!! LOL

  • sefe

    I am 18 years old, coming across an online community for individual seeking interracial love.

    It is balck white date . C/O/M-

    All singles there are seeking interracial relationships. Interracial is not a problem there, but a great merit to cherish!


    Im so sick of this topic, no matter how you twist it. Please give it a rest.

  • WoWzeRs

    “If they cared a little more about black people getting access to a proper education and resources, as well as the rate that our black men are locked up. This would be a Non Issue”

    Puleeze!!!! If more black men would go to college instead of aspiring to be thuggish drug dealers then maybe there would be more black men in school than in jail or prison. It takes less than thirty minutes to fill out a FASFA form for financial aid but most black men would rather stand on the corner making fast money than to try to educate themselves. Idle hands are the devil’s playground. Sadly the majority of black men in college are those on a football or basketball scholarship hoping to go pro, other than that very few are in school for the education check the stats.

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