Is it right to say Black men prefer interracial relationships?
“None of our African-American men have any interest in marrying African-American women”.
That is a comment by one of the dating experts in a clip from the reality TV show, Married at First Sight. According to him, these black men have a preference for interracial relationships.
Are these claims supported by data?
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Dating and relationship expert Paul Carrick Brunson thinks not; calling the reality show “ignorant” and “disgusting” for spewing inaccurate information (that is not supported by data) in a bid to “get people talking, to demoralize us, and to be provocative." He thinks it was very irresponsible of the show to do so.
The resident psychologist of Married at First Sight, Dr. Joseph Cilona responded to Brunson on Facebook explaining that the comment wasn’t generalizing African-American men; but “in reference to African-American men in [their] applicant pool" saying: “There were no generalizations made to other populations or claims or implications that our experience on the show should be made to other populations”.
There have been claims of how Black men have no interest in Black women; how very many Black men would rather marry women outside their race. But according to Brunson, and going by the Pew Research findings in 2013 on interracial marriages, only 19% of African-Americans are in interracial marriages; meaning 81% are in black-black marriages. Also, there were 75% black-black weddings in 2013 alone.
Another thing that ticked Brunson off was, while highlighting the Black men’s preference in interracial relationships, he felt in a way, the show is encouraging the notion that Black women have a hard time finding life partners – the “single Black woman epidermic”. Much as these statistics talked about the non-marriageability of the Black woman (70.5% of black women between 25-29 years never having been married), they conveniently declined to say that 87% of Black women have been married by 55 years of age.
I think where this generalization comes up is when people start comparing Black men in interracial marriages to Black women in interracial relationships; and in this case, the difference is extremely significant. So most people have always capitalized on perpetuating fallacies about black relationships and marriages.
That said though, is the generalization that black men prefer interracial relationships and that black women are hopeless when it comes to their relationships something we should keep talking about? Looking at the facts highlighted by Brunson I think its time we started debating the facts. What say you?
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