Why do black couples have such a high rate of divorce and what can be done about this?
When I heard, earlier this year, that there was something called “Black Marriage Day” I was completely taken aback.
Why did there need to be a special day for Black couples who are married as compared to any other racial or ethnic group? I mean, how would “White Marriage Day” sound or feel or look? The idea of a day specially reserved for black married couples made me feel more than just a little bit uncomfortable. But then I thought about it, and I read some of the stats – one particularly disturbing one puts the divorce rate for Black couples at close to 70%! – and it’s pretty grim because the divorce rate does not even count the number of black couples who are separated (whether legally or not) but not divorced, and so do not cohabit with each other . It certainly looks like there may be an issue of fact here with regard to, first of all, the rate of marriage among American Blacks as compared to the rest of the population, and then the rate of divorce. Seems there is a lower marriage rate for Black couples, and a higher rate of divorce and these numbers have been deteriorating since the 1970’s. This trend is particularly worrisome for the children of these broken marriages.
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Interestingly, one study even studied the effect of divorce on children and found a