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Black Marriage and Progress
By: Ehimwenma E. Aimiuwu
May 2007

 

 

Marriage is the union of man and woman with the hope of procreating their family.  It is not just coming together to create life in agreement, but also to plan for a common future.  It has been said that two heads are always better than one.  Every human has 46 chromosomes, of which 23 came from a woman (mother) and the other 23 came from a man (father).  So scientifically and spiritually, a complete and total development of any procreated human requires a nurturing of both a man and a woman (hopefully the parents).  The masculine and feminine component of any human requires a procreating guidance where possible to have an acceptable balance within that human and the environment.

 

All civilized nations must pass laws that encourage marriage for balance, harmony, and social sanity.  It does not only give the partners an opportunity to learn from each other, but also enhances the full development of the children (adoption considered), and respect between the sexes (assuming no oppressive parent).  It also gives an opportunity to increase family revenues, savings and investments, as well as quality time spent with at least one parent if not both.  I know of families and cultures that marry very early (maybe 23), and live off one parent’s income and invest the income of the other.  In about 10 years, they have a huge savings and enough wealth to invest in any trade of their choice, compared to the culture that like to “play the field” till they are about 40.

 

Statistics show that 65% of Asian women are married; Whites have a rate of 60%, Hispanics have 55%, while Black women have a marriage rate of 30%.  Consider the fact that Whites make up 69% of the population according to Wikipedia, Hispanic make up about 15%, Blacks make up 12%, and Asian are about 4%.  This means that for every 100 American women, assuming men and women per race are about 50-50, 2.6 out of 4 Asian women are married, 41.4 out of 69 White women are married, Hispanics have 8.25 out of 15, and Black women have 3.6 out of 12 who are married. 

We can argue that slavery and colonization affected Black marriages and our progress, but the issue becomes what Blacks are doing to reverse this trend.  Do Blacks even see or care about their declining marriage rate or it has become a new way to live.  Good marriages may lead to more revenue, saving, investment, and better planning from two different dimensions.  It can lead to peace of mind, assurance of a better future, and quality time with children.  It may also lead to higher quality children who value education, quality marriage, togetherness, sharing, and good communication skills.  It may reduce or eliminate teenage pregnancies, frequent jail/prison visits and boarding, high school dropouts, and police brutality.  The ultimate goal of marriage is to create well developed, sound, and balanced descendants that are equipped to survive political, social, and economic situations better than their predecessors.

 

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