Time for black men to act like men
African Americans are significantly less likely to marry than are whites. Only 50 percent of African Americans born between 1960 and 1969 were married by the age of 30 (compared with 78 percent of whites).
African Americans have higher rates of divorce than do other racial and ethnic groups.
And because of lower marriage rates and higher divorce rates, African-American women are about half as likely as white women to be married at any one time.
But marriage is no longer a moral issue.
It is an economic one.
According to research found on the Web site for National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, "marriage is clearly linked to economic, psychological and social benefits."
African Americans who are married have more money and higher-status jobs than unmarried African Americans, and the economic benefits of marriage for blacks may be more important than they are for whites," researchers found.
This is not a lot of right-wing mumbo jumbo.
In fact, the next time a politician starts downplaying this problem, notice the wedding ring on his finger. Just about every high-profile civic leader today is or was married, and made the effort to raise his children in a two-parent family.
That goes for the political rock star, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, too.
But when was the last time any black leader made a pitch for marriage? More of them have defended same-sex marriage than have pointed out that the lack of marriage is destroying the black community from the inside out.
This is not a ghetto problem.
There are a lot of educated black women who should have been at the altar a long time ago. Instead, they settled for the challenges that come with raising children alone.
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