When it comes to matrimony, it’s no secret that times have changed. These particular changes over the last three decades have not been good at all. African American households are least likely to contain a married couple in comparison to other ethnic groups. African Americans place a high value on marriage, yet a black child is more likely to be born out of wedlock than a Caucasian child. In the last few decades the rate of marriage has declined. The rates of divorce, cohabitation, and children dwelling in a woman-headed household have increased since the ’70s. Society can agree that marriage is a great contributor to the economic well-being of families. African American women hold a firm pro-marriage belief but are least traditional with gender roles within marriage. 

The black man and matrimony are begging to be explored and heard by all who will listen. The time to understand what black men expect, need, and want from a lifelong committed relationship is now!  What exactly influences a marital decision for a black man?? Factors that influence marriage decisions are social, psychological, and religious needs. Black men expect emotional intimacy and love, open communication, and support when wanting a marital relationship. The expectation for marriage in the African American community continues to dwindle consistently. Cultural values are no longer a trend in the black community, and times have changed so have mindsets. The black family structure has suffered many racial atrocities such as redlining, 3-strike rule, and systematic forms of racism. 

According to the Pew Research Center:

“One of the most dramatic patterns occurs among black newlyweds: Black men are twice as likely as black women to have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity (24% vs. 12%). This gender gap has been a long-standing one – in 1980, 8% of recently married black men and 3% of their female counterparts were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. In 2015, the rate of intermarriage varied by education only slightly among recently married black women: 10% of those with some college or less had intermarried compared with 13% of those with a bachelor’s degree or more. Meanwhile, among newly married black men, higher education is clearly associated with higher intermarriage rates. While 17% of those with a high school diploma or less had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, this share rose to 24% for those with some college and to 30% for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher.”

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Modern times have brought modern-day mindsets! Black women are all for marriage minus the traditional gender roles, and black men are twice as likely to intermarry than black women. Traditions have become a thing of the past for most of society, and current times have melded with new standards and accepted behaviors. In this millennium, history is not a repeater!

Posted by:Anna Israel