I've just finished listening to a documentary called 'Black and Single' which follows the difficulty college educated black women have in finding a partner.
Many college educated black women in the US are failing to find partners due to the discrepancies in female and male college education rates for black men and women. Also making it more difficult for college educated back women is that the fewer Coll-Ed black men are much more likely to marry outside their own race than black women, further reducing the number of black CollEd men available. 14% and 4.5% 'out' rates.
What struck me was how race was such an important factor (land of equality ey USA?) with one woman claiming white men don't understand black women. It seems odd interracial relationships just didn't seem an option for these women. There was talk of maybe marrying black men not college educated but not really of marrying white men... It all seems so strange to me because I've never really considered people of different races as people of a race. Granted, we are all likely to have our own personal preferences when it comes to looks but why is race such an issue for these people? Does anyone else feel the same?
One explanation is obviously cultural. Of course many religious people for example marry within their community, I couldn't marry in to such a community because of how I feel about the religious practices, because that person understands the demands required of them by their culture (I'm not one for demands of other people either).
Is race an important factor for anyone here? I don't think we're the most representative bunch but is it? Are these women just too demanding and are treating love like shopping? Is it just a case of finding a partner with similar interests and experiences/views? Is America just backwards!?
I always feel like I have more to add on big posts like this...