The discussion about why a large number of black women are single continues. Does anyone know the real cause? Are more black women single by choice or is it the result of a greater problem?
Angela Stanley, in this NY Times opinion piece Black, Female and Single provides another explanation for why the number of single black females is larger than other groups. She also puts a spin on the popular conclusions of why black women do not marry. While her perspective is fresh, it does not provide relief for all the black women that want to marry but only confirms that we do have a problem.
In this excerpt she challenges some theories by providing further explanation of the data:
…A look at recent census data will tell you that the 70 percent we keep hearing about has been misconstrued. According to 2009 data from the Census Bureau, 70.5 percent of black women in the United States had never been married — but those were women between the ages of 25 and 29. Black women marry later, but they do marry. By age 55 and above, those numbers showed, only 13 percent of black women had never been married. In fact, people who have never married in their lifetimes are in the clear minority, regardless of race.
Read the entire piece at the New York Times.