Black women who have achieved a certain level of professional success may also be choosing not to marry black men.
Another interesting detail in the Pew study is that women of other races who choose white spouses have a higher median income.
But the shift towards interracial marriage, for all races, including black men and women, will shape the next generation and create a completely new dynamic surrounding issues of race.
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.
When attempted to “prove” a thesis about the inherent and objective unattractiveness of black women there was a huge outcry and the writer, Dr. The thesis and the study were not scientific and the findings were racist, but subjectively speaking the gender gap between black men and women marrying outside of their races may have ties to a racial beauty bias.
Some responses: “Love is love.” Jennifer (23), Angolan “I would only prefer to date a Congolese man because we both understand each others cultures.
The connection is just better because we can relate in many ways since we’ve had a similar upbringing.” Sarah (24), Congolese “I love my Ghanaian brothers, especially those who can speak my tribal language. Especially when telling jokes, it just doesn’t sound the same in English.” Nana (24), Ghanaian “I will be with anyone as long as they are compatible to me and I’m attracted to them. I’m British.” Christopher (28), Nigerian “As long as they are not Jamaican.” Bijoux (28), Congolese “Dating someone from your own background has far more positives than dating someone from another background, such as cultural understanding, speaking the same language etc. I’ve brought a Nigerian, Jamaican and Congolese home.
Am I saying that those who date outside of their culture are not in tune with their own?
Certainly not, but they certainly have embraced other cultures more and are willing to look past any real, imagined or expected obstacles.
White women are often viewed as a status symbol, signifying either a level of economic success, or gratifying embrace of what was once taboo or even criminal for black men.
Furthermore, black males may not have the same level of criticism directed at them for choosing a mate outside of their race since it has become so common.
I would prefer to date someone from the same country as me.
It’s just easier.” Bridgette (25) Congolese “I don’t mind as long as I am happy and loved, that is all that matters.” Dora (28), Zimbabwe Immerse within your own culture What I found was that those who immersed themselves exclusively in their own culture (i.e mono-cultural churches, parties, gatherings) – even if they lived in a very mixed society abroad – were the ones who were adamant that it was easier and preferable to date within their own culture.
A much higher percentage of Asian women marry outside their race, but the disparity with their Asian male counterparts is not as large.