Marriage in the black community

A recent survey found that marriage among African American couples is declining, and we are now the least likely racial group in the United States to get married. In the 2001 U.S. census 41.9 percent of black women reported that they had never been married, compared to 20.7 percent of white women, and the disparity has only grown. Are views of marriage among the African American community changing? I personally think people’s views of relationships have changed. Living together in an unmarried relationship has become more acceptable for many people. I also think more African Americans are choosing to focus on careers and finances and putting marriage second. With all of the media attention given to black men and their responsibilities as fathers, has the role of the parent become more important to us than the role of the husband/wife?


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