Why Are There So Many Single Black Women?

Mass Incarceration: What Caused The Dramatic Rise In Never Married African-Americans

Why are so many black women single?  Could this be due to structural racism? Mass Incarceration?  A system that disrupted black families, leaving Black women and children to fend for themselves in an increasingly hostile world.

In general, marriage is on the decline in America.  In 2016, 48% of all Americans married as opposed to 29% of African-Americans.
Approximately 1 in 2  of all African-Americans has never married as opposed to 1 in 3 of all Americans.

Black men marry white women at twice the rate that Black women marry White men.

  • In 2017, 15% of black men were married to non-black women while only 7% of black women were married to non-black men.
  • Of those with non-black spouses,  60%  of black men were married to White women while only 4% of black women were married to white men.

Curiously, in 2012 The U.S Census Bureau did a study on the history of marriage and discovered some surprising statistics.  From 1890 to 1960s,  African-Americans 35 and older were more likely to be married than White Americans.  Then in 1980 something changed.   The number of married African-Americans declined. The number of never-married African Americans began to climb, jumping from 10% in 1980 to 25% in 2010.

In the 1960-70’s mass incarceration began. The chart below shows how the rise in mass incarceration may be related to the dramatic rise in the number of never-married African-Americans.

Why are so many Black women single? Why was there a dramatic rise in never married African-Americans around the same time  mass incarceration started to take hold?   The data suggests a link.  Mass incarceration maybe playing a crucial role in breaking up African-American families,  sentencing many black women to single parenting or single life.  This observation needs further investigation to determine if an association exists.

Since a majority of black women will not consider dating a non-black man, what does that mean for the future of African-Americans as mass incarceration becomes the American way of life?  Was the war on drugs that led to mass incarceration intended to be a war on African American families?

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References:

Black Demographics

Marriage In Black America

 

 

 

Louisiana Prison Punishes Suicidal Inmates by Chaining Them Naked To Wooden Chairs

The new plantations where the unspeakable occurs daily. What one has to ask is the purpose of prison to torture and make sure prisoners never reintegrate into society? Or is it for men in uniform to become  master torturers?

United States Hypocrisy

Louisiana is the world’s highest incarcerator by both rate and population, and it appears the state’s prisons are going to the most extreme measures to ensure that it forever remains at the top. According to a recent class-action lawsuit, inmates in one of the state’s many overpopulated prison warehouses who should be so unfortunate as to have thought about or attempted suicide are being punished for their attempts by being chained to wooden chairs, placed in solitary confinement for years at a time, and exposed to extremely cold weather by their overseers.

Angola Louisiana prison modern day slaveryAt David Wade Correctional Center in Homer, which houses a population of about 1,244,“prisoners who ask for mental health care instead are placed in suicide watch, stripped of their clothing and held in solitary confinement on a disciplinary tier for weeks.” From there it only gets worse. According to The Advocate, “Prison staff members respond to symptoms of…

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