Fewer than one in ten births to college-educated women happen outside of wedlock, according to the group Child Trends, while for women with high-school degrees or less, the number is close to six out of ten.O'relleh? They long for a traditional family structure? Well that may be what black women claim if one were to poll them. But a far more reliable indicator of what black women think is not what they say; rather it is what they do. And what they do is have the nation's worst divorce rate--which we know is mostly a function of (un)happiness in various forms--the nation's highest extra-marital birth rate, and the nation's highest abortion rate.
As Richard Ralph Banks demonstrates in Is Marriage for White People?, the same cannot be said of blacks. Contrary to widespread perceptions, marriage is not all that popular among middle- and upper-class blacks either. Black women, Banks reports, long for traditional family structures, but black men - even college-educated black men - for a variety of complex reasons are more ambivalent about it.[emphasis mine]
If it is indeed true that it takes two to tango, then I submit that black male "ambivalence" to marriage and traditional family structures isn't all at fault here. Thus when looking curative solutions to ills that visit themselves on the black community, proposals that address the marriage issue and all attendant issues thereto in the black community need to focus on female mating and marital behavior in addition to men's.