The face that a small number of black women choose to marry outside of their race isn’t exactly a new discovery, but it might be indicative of a willingness not only of black men to look elsewhere for a partner, but for other races to seek out black men to wed.
Most Americans have at least one family member married to someone of another race and multiracial children are literally shifting the demographics of the country.
Progress on the issue of race of course takes time and change is much slower in the areas of the country where there is less diversity and where interracial marriage is less frequent.
Meanwhile, more than 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 were between mixed race couples. The results of the study reflect a generational shift, showing that our society is gradually becoming more “mixed.” Interestingly though, the responses of African-Americans showed a stark gender disparity.
Only 9 percent of black women embraced marrying outside of their race in 2010, while 24 percent of black men did.
As one uncle put it to me [I’m Congolese], “If you married a Nigerian, how would you cope if he wanted to retire in Nigeria? Could we really say that relationships would be easier if we were with someone of the same origin?
If you’re going to marry a foreigner, marry a white man.” These were the words that fell from my friend’s mother’s mouth when her daughter told her she was dating a Nigerian man because she was tired of Congolese men. ”, said my friend in response, defiantly challenging her mother, to my dismay (anybody knows better than to challenge an African mother! White people “White people don’t have much culture; it’s easy to adapt either way. Was it really for our own good to find our life partners within our own culture?
Language “The problem is language; it’s the major issue” 36-year-old Alexi from Congo told me.
“For most of us English is not our first language, we think in our mother tongue then translate it into English.
It’s possible that this is the result of traditional Europeanized standards of beauty where black women are not considered as desirable as other races of women.