Here are a few statistics:
- 83% of black men who earn at least $100,000 marry black women.
- 85% of black male college graduates marry black women
- 88% of black men in general marry black women
These are all statistics that the hoteps, broteps, and militant betty’s alike love to tote in the face of black women, especially dark skinned black women who dare complain about the less than ideal marriage prospects facing the modern black woman. Personally, I am not here to argue, or even rebuke these statistics, as I pretty much agree; At the end of the day people of all races tend to marry within their race, that’s just the xenophobic nature of humans.
However…Just because I think that these statistics generally ring true, there are a few things that I think black women, phenotypically black and dark-skinned women especially, should keep in mind.
One of the biggest caveats to this statistic is that many, if not most biracial people who have a black parent, tend to identify as black. To put it bluntly, it appears that “blackness” seems to be the default dumping grounds for biracial results of interracial marriage or relations. So what does that mean for black women? Basically, that if biracial is seen as black, black men can then say that they are married to a black woman and continue to perpetuate erasure via the one drop rule.