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Forum Focuses on Marriage in Black Community

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton had to "sweet talk" the fire marshal because so many people packed her Congressional Black Caucus forum, "Single Women, Unmarried Men: What has happen to Marriage in the Black Community?"

"In order to stay married you have to be willing to be committed to each other," said Alice Carter, a resident of Northeast, during the forum that featured relationshp author and radio host Audrey Chapman and psychologist Shane Perrault.

"Sometimes nothing is better than too little," said Perrault, who added that some women are better off alone than in a bad relationship.

Chapman said some women are driven to make a bad choice in marriage because they say, in effect, "I got man, I finally got a man."

Bishop Harry Jackson, who has been leading the effort against same-sex marriage in the District, was in the audience. When a question on it came up, Norton said, "That is an issue for the D C Council," but then she said people should not judge others.

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 24, 2009; 3:42 PM ET
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I am glad to see a serious discussion about the collapse of the Black Family. For much of my adult life, I have felt that a gap has developed between Black men and women that is at the root of our community problems. While I agree that there are some problems with Black men, but I think Black women use statics and media hype to come with an excuse as to why they are single. Many of them have unrealistic expectations, frivolous list of what they expect in a man, and really do not have any idea what it takes to be married. Many Black women today are lack the emotional ability to support a Black man and are extremely bitter. I am single, educated, employed Black male, who has grown exhausted of trying to date Black women. I have not opted to date outside my race because I love and desire to be with a Black woman, but I have come to the realization that it is unlikely to happen.

Posted by: e_zola | September 28, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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