What’s Keeping All the Single Black Ladies from Putting a Ring on It?

By Jorge Rivas Dec 30, 2009

Forty-two percent of U.S. black women have never been married, double the number of white women who’ve never walked down the aisle. And if they want to marry black men things are even tougher. ABC’s NightLine is reporting there are 1.8 million more black women than black men. "So even if every black man in America married a black woman today, one out of 12 black women still wouldn’t make it down the aisle if they hoped to marry a black man." NightLine spent a few seconds discussing the number of incarcerated black men but that is as close as they got to the structural issues that contribute to the dismal number of black men with college degrees, for example. Instead they had Steve Harvey presenting ideas and solutions for black woman, which included "compromising your needs" or "date older black men." Whatever happened to good ol’ fixing the school system that fosters people graduating so they have a promising future? You got any ideas? Updated 12/30/09 4:47p: At RaceWire we’re in no rush to get married, don’t even know if we want to get married and some of us can’t even get married, even if we wanted to. My goal was simply to present these numbers because they’re disproportionate with other races. We’ve published other stories in the past that don’t look at marriage favorably and I invite you to go in to our archives and read those stories also, such as: "I Don’t Want Marriage, I Want Equity."