Readers, I need you to think…dig deep for me. LOL! How many of the 28-45 year old, single African American you know have gotten married in the last…let’s say 5 years.
I KTruth and I live in DC, and we were going around looking at condo open houses this weekend. It occurred to us that one of the reasons we always see a lot of single black females between 28-45 house shopping alone or with their bffs is that they are just that…single. Thus, their options for finding housing are limited to what one can afford in the District of Columbia on one income. That isn’t always pretty. There are areas of the city (rough areas…you know where DC folk) that real estate professionals know the main market will be single, professional, black women. They price the properties for this market and advertise to them. The conversation also made me ponder how many of my peers or friends of friends have gotten hitched in recent years (male and female). The number isn’t a cold hearted zero…but it’s not like I’m looking for dates to take to weddings every other weekend in June. It made me think of the good ole days, when my parent’s generation was buying homes after marriage (2 income house-hold) like a right of passage.
Ummm….I wonder. We talk about the plight and impact of the high number of single African American mothers run households in our communities. What about the childless African American brothers and sister with good jobs who are single? How does this impact our communities financially when it comes to owning homes and sharing resources? It seems like my generation is waiting longer and longer to marry. Are they more concerned with career and personal goals? Have they been scared away from commitment as witnesses of divorce and failed marriages? What do you think?