"All the Single Ladies!"

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Did you know that 82% of African-American women are single*? I know right, that's a huge number. That means that the majority of African-American women, 18 and older, are without a mate.

*Although I found that 70% of all African-American women are single, I could not find where the 82% came from, that's still a significant number.

This above information was shocking to me as I received it in a Black Student League (an organization of which I am a member) general meeting titles: Why are black women single? The meeting took place around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the Knowlton room in the HUB. The room, which usually seats about 20-25 people, was jammed packed with curious students. The room was so filled that students had to retrieve chairs from another room and sit in the doorway and hallway of the Knowlton room! I was pleased with the amount of students eager to know why the number of single black women was so high.

The discussion, lead by BSL's vice presidents Ayianna Jones, Christopher Harris and Darryl Ellis, suggested that some reason for this issue:

First, 2.5 million African-American men registered for the WWII draft leaving African-American wives to become the head of the household in their husbands' absences.

Next, once these men returned from war, life of a veteran was less than desirable especially for the African-American man. Therefore some of these men turned to the easiest way to make fast money, selling drugs or other illegal activities. Of course these men ended up in prison, once again leaving the African-American woman as the head of the house hold.

By this time, African-American women were gaining a new sense of independence and strength and no longer expected a man to be in the household to contribute. The African-American woman became the wife, the mother, the care giver, the sole provider and the head of the household.

And as the education and salary increase for the African-American woman, their pickings for an African-American man on the same socioeconomic level are even slimmer.

*All of this information was provided at the BSL general meeting*

Here's a video (courtesy of YouTube) that tries to explain this matter. This video was also shown at the BSL meeting Tuesday evening.

 

What's your take on these facts? Why do you believe such a large number of African- American women are single?

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