Friday, August 14, 2009

Another Unhappy Black Woman & Another NonPresent Black Man

So today my friend sent me an article MSNBCs sexual health section entitled Marriage Eludes High Achieving Black Women. I found the article interesting, weird, and annoying. It felt like he, Brian Alexander, just cut and pasted people's ideas together to try to convey a point.

One of my biggest problems is this idea of the unreliable or nonpresent Black man and unhappy Black women. On the one side you have two White women from Yale arguing that Black women are unhappy because the can't get married and can't have children because Black men aren't present. On the other hand, Alexander also quotes Black Yale scholar Averil Clarke who is arguing that it's about Black women trying to find love. So we see that one group of scholars are constructing the argument (according to how Brian Alexander constructed this article) in such a way that blames unhappiness on Black men and another scholar saying it's about me and other Black women trying to find love. Oh my, WHO TO BELIEVE?!?!?! The one that places the blame on Blackness or the one who puts the responsibility for one's own happiness on one's self?!?!?!

And yet, if I had to go by the title of the article and from the little discernible input of his own ideas in the article... i'd have to suggest that his ideological perspective leans toward social ideas that still have Blackness, Black men as the cause for unhappiness and unfulfillment in Black women.

I think I smell invested interests here...hmmmm

The next step is to find the two scholars from Yale and read their article...i'm sure it'll be very interesting!

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