Every now and then, I lose touch with the rage that inspired me to write Single & Happy in the first place. But thank God for Google Alerts! Yes, haaay, Shawn James! James is a Bronx writer who has a number of his expert titles for sale and appears to have drawn the covers himself. He has some important, not very unique information for you about single black women, y’all. That statistic that 70 percent of us are unmarried? He’s got the solution, he understands what happened:
From the day they were born these women were taught that Black men had no value in their lives. This ideology was reinforced by the verbal statements their single mothers made like talking about their children’s “no good daddy” or other “no good niggers in the neighborhood.”
Moreover, it was also reinforced by White Supremacy and White feminism. Brainwashed by the false ideologies of White feminism, Black women were tricked into believing they didn’t need a Black man. And With the help of Uncle Sam’s government programs and White Supremacist Corporate America’s entry-level jobs, Black women achieved financial independence and the economic power to devalue the leadership and authority of the Black men in their communities.
You been tricked! You been hoodwinked! You been bamboozled into Oddly Placed Capital statements that sound like the worst cliches of bitter black manhood that have ever graced the internet.
I would love to believe that James is alone. Unfortunately, there is a pandemic of stupid and it’s been plaguing us for a while. See: Nightline. But, as it turns out, the 70 percent figure is actually a myth. Unless Angela Stanley is part of the group that James believes has been brainwashed by the man and all the white feminists. Here’s Stanley in the New York Times:
A look at recent census data will tell you that the 70 percent we keep hearing about has been misconstrued. According to 2009 data from the Census Bureau, 70.5 percent of black women in the United States had never been married — but those were women between the ages of 25 and 29. Black women marry later, but they do marry. By age 55 and above, those numbers showed, only 13 percent of black women had never been married. In fact, people who have never married in their lifetimes are in the clear minority, regardless of race.