I haven’t done this before, but there’s been a huge series of articles bemoaning the fate of the single black woman. Last night Nightline tackled the matter. I haven’t seen the tape yet but judging from the twitter traffic last night there’s some dissention on how useful the segment was. I even got a PHONE CALL from someone who needed a reality check moment–a, “um, I’m a black woman and may be single but I don’t feel desperate or unloved…what’s going on with the media” kind of reality check. That’s unusual.
Here’s a text piece with video clips from ABC’s website.
But I don’t want to make this all about Nightline. This black-women-are-too-career-functional-and-not-relationship-functual meme has been circulating in the media over the past couple months. The question the person who called me last night asked was why? Why is this such a hot topic now? What’s the investment in asking black women to be accountable for the low black marriage count, and not black men? Or structural discrimination in the jobs market that makes marriage a more economically fraught matter for whites than blacks?
Or, flip the question. The highest divorce rate is in the Bible Belt. Why aren’t white Southern Christian marriages being problematized? Too hard to hit that target; easier to see a black one?
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