Equity & Diversity Opinion

The Marriageable Mate Dilemma Among Blacks

By Richard Whitmire — November 14, 2010 1 min read
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Milwaukee columnist points out the dilemma: the high rate of fatherless families among blacks is likely to continue as long as black boys languish in school. It’s the marriageable mate dilemma. What’s the motivation for a black woman to marry a less educated black male?

That’s the same question now facing white women. Given that 57 percent of whites earning bachelors degrees are women, the education imbalance is obvious. How will they respond: marry ‘down’ or pass on marriage?

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