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The Most Prevalent Myths About Black Marriage


MYTH #1: BLACK WOMEN DON’T MARRY! News reports about the black marriage rate gives the impression that African-American women’s chances of marriage are bleak. A Yale University study found that just 42 percent of black women are married, and a variety of high profile news networks such as CNN and ABC picked that figure up and ran with it. But researchers Ivory A. Toldson of Howard University and Bryant Marks of Morehouse College question the accuracy of this finding. The often-cited figure of 42 percent of black women never marrying includes all black women 18 and older,” Toldson told the Root.com. “Raising this age in an analysis eliminates age groups we don’t really expect to be married and gives a more accurat
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estimate of true marriage rates.”


MYTH #2: EDUCATED BLACK WOMEN HAVE IT HARDER Getting a college degree is the worst thing a black woman can do if she wants to get married, right? Not exactly. News stories about black marriage often mention that more black women pursue higher education than black men—by a 2-to-1 ratio, by some estimates. But what these pieces leave out is that white women also earn college degrees more than white men do, and this g
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nder imbalance hasn’t hurt white women’s chances at matrimony. What’s more, black women who finish college actually improve their chances of marrying rather than lower them.



MYTH #3: RICH BLACK MEN MARRY OUTSIDE OF THEIR RACE Black men drop black women as soon as t
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ey reach a certain level of success, don’t they? While plenty of rap stars, athletes and musicians may choose to date or marry interracially when they achieve fame, the same is not true for the bulk of successful black men. By analyzing census data, Toldson and Marks found that 83 percent of married black men who earned at least $100,000 annually got hitched to black women. The same is the case for educated black men of all incomes. Eighty-five percent of black male college graduates married black women. Generally, 88 percent of married black men (no matter their income or educational background) have black wives. So, inte
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racial marriage will not be held responsible for the singleness of black women.


MYTH #4: BLACK MEN DON’T EARN AS MUCH AS BLACK WOMEN Just because black women are more likely to graduate from college than their male counterparts doesn’t mean that they out-earn black men.


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