Black Women White Men - Does Race Matter?
It was only about 50 years ago when interracial marriages or relationships were extremely scarce and you would rarely see a white woman with a black man, never mind black women white men relationships. These were the days of segregation and violence against black people.
Thankfully, we have moved on and interracial marriages are fairly common and widely accepted apart from a small section of society who probably will never accept it.
Mixed marriages first appeared perhaps unsurprisingly amongst those living in mixed communities where people slowly learned to accept each others differences and over time, even embrace them. Usually these relationships were between a black man and a white woman with black women white men relationships very scarce indeed. There are many theories for this, some more mythical than others.
For quite some time, it was extremely rare to see black women & white men in a relationship and even now, this is much less common although social barriers seem to be breaking down on this too.
So why are black women white men relationships not so common?
One predominant argument put forward is that white men simply can’t ‘satisfy’ black women. As those in this form of mixed relationship would tell you however, this is a myth and most likely put forward by the more macho element amongst the black male community who are keen to perpetuate certain myths about the black male’s prowess. There is also a theory put forward by some that there is a significant amount of pressure put on black women within their families and communities not to have relationships with white men. This is sometimes cultural and may depend on the heritage of the families but some also argue that there is a concern that any children that they may have will be mixed race. Some however argue that this is exactly the reason why some black women do want children with white men. There has been an increasing trend amongst black women and especially middle class black women to use skin lightening products to give a more ‘Beyonce’ shade to their skin and naturally a mixed race child is much more likely to be a lighter shade of black.
Another theory put forward is that many black women see black men as more promiscuous and much less likely to settle down with one woman. Whilst there is no guarantee with white men, studies show that divorce rates between black men and white women are higher than in black women white men marriages.
As many studies have shown too, there is still a significant amount of racial inequality within the workplace and in general, white men earn more than black men. Whilst this in no way indicates that black women are ‘gold diggers’, it is a fact that if a women is looking to raise a child, her partner’s financial security is likely to be a factor that she will take into consideration.
Of course, it is impossible to ignore the historical weight of the slave trade too in mixed marriages and relationships. There is a certain pride amongst some sections of the black communities who see mixed relationships and especially black women white men relationships, as selling out to the colonials. This argument however only takes the political factors into account and completely ignores the only thing that really matters and that is simply that some black women love white men irrespective of their skin colour.
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