Greetings and welcome to my blog on Dating, Marriage and Divorce in Black and White!
My name is Cheryl Judice and I am a sociologist who studies race, social class and marriage in contemporary American society, specifically marriages between African Americans and whites.
This blog will be devoted to examining historical and current issues related to dating, marriage, and divorce between African Americans and whites, with a focus on black women and white men.
I am launching my blog today, June 12th because it is an important date in the history of interracial marriage. It is the date in 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated any laws prohibiting interracial marriages in the Loving vs. Virginia decision. ‘Loving Day’ is celebrated in several places across the country and my blog celebrates this decision, too.
Black women are the only group of women in America who cannot take for granted that if they seek marriage to a black man that there will be an ample supply of available men from which to choose. Most young girls grow up fantasizing about dating and marrying someone within their own racial/ethnic group, and indeed, approximately 87% of marriages in the U.S. are between people of the same racial/ethnic backgrounds. Black girls growing up today face a very different reality as illustrated by a few daunting statistics.
First, according to Gender Roles: A Sociological Perspective, the number of black females begin to outnumber black males by age 16; for whites, this does not happen until approximately age 32.
Second, black men are three to four times more likely than black women to marry outside of the race. Black women are the least likely group of women to marry outside of the race.
Third, according to The World of Black Singles, for every 100 college educated black females, there are approximately 60 comparably educated black males. These statistics underscore a sobering reality that black women have contended with for decades, yet, this social problem has not been adequately addressed by American society.
Thus the primary purpose of this blog is to tell the stories of black women who are dating, married to, or divorced from white men. Recognizing that the marriage pattern of black women who are married to white men represents the smallest number of interracially married couples, and the most extreme end of the marriage spectrum, it is my hope that presenting their stories will cause more black women to intentionally seek to broaden their idea of suitable dating and marriage partners.
It is important to note that my blog is NOT intended to diminish African American men – only to present another dating and marriage option for black women who wish to get married and who recognize that the continuing numerical imbalance between black men and women in this country reduces the likelihood of marrying within their racial/ethnic group.
Over the past fifteen years, I have interviewed approximately 70 black-white interracially married couples as well as numerous African American women who are dating non-African American men. My book, Interracial Marriages Between Black Women and White Men was published as an academic text by Cambria Press in December 2008. Recognizing that my academic research might not reach the broader population, I am in the process of writing a second book on this topic for popular publication. This blog will examine some of the issues I will discuss in my new book.
I plan to blog twice weekly – Tuesday and Friday and I look forward to hearing back from you. Please send your questions and comments to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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