Something about this article is not sitting right with me.
- Black women around the country are reconsidering interracial relationships
- They're taking cues from their favorite stars, as well as blogs and books
- Statistics suggest American black women are among the least likely to marry
- Some say they are frustrated by the narrow field of marriageable black men
From the title to the examples to the statistics to the "story highlights", something is just not sitting right. It's like the journalistic equivalent of a white person feeling permitted to air his/her disparaging feelings about blacks because his black friend speaks badly about black people.
When I'm not seeing our successes and achievements celebrated, and I'm not hearing about the prevalence of racial profiling, disparate sentencing, workplace bias, etc., then I don't need to hear about black men aren't as likely as their white male counterparts to achieve a degree or the number of black men in jail.
To me, this article felt like a way to dump on black men -- which by extension, is black people -- and say, "See, they don't even like each other." In fact, that is almost an exact quote they used from Tim Alexander, director of Diary of a Tired Black Man, ""To a certain degree, black people are sick of each other."
They stick jabs like that throughout the article. Like this paragraph, following the introduction about black women reconsidering attitudes towards interracial dating, made up of the lone sentence:
It comes as statistics suggest American black women are among the least likely to marry.
Their wording, their sentence placement, their quotes, make us sound like we are just some unwanted stray cats, slumping along, kicked to the curb by our own kind, "All the black men literally pushed (us) out the way to talk to the blondes," hoping for kindness from the ones who used to abuse us, "I'm not saying that white men are the answer to all our problems," Jones said. "I'm just saying that they offer a different solution."
Yeah, something stinks. And it's this article.
How about an article on the number of white women dating black men, and why they've "abandoned" their men? Or why couldn't even this article have been about more white men searching out black women.
Why couldn't we be the sought after item?
Why is an interracial relationship (black/white) automatically spoken of in terms of the the black person abandoning his race, "trying to come up?"
Until CNN is putting abducted people of color on the news the way they do whites, until CNN makes travesties of justice like what's happening with the Jena 6 front page the way they did the Duke Lacrosse case, until a whole helluva lot changes, Imma need them not to worry about who black people are or are not rejecting in relationships.