quote:Originally posted by detroit1:quote:Originally posted by Rowe:
especially when you're conversing with Black women who are and/or have been in relationships with successful Black men?
Not that it's anyone's business, but the last guy that I dated has an Associate's, 2 Bachelor's, 1 Master's Degree, and is a supervisor at the Department of Energy in Washington, DC. The man with whom I was in a serioius relationship before him was working on his Master's Degree, and he established and managed a business with a colleage in Baltimore--and I can assure you that I am indeed a Black woman.
I don't know what's going in other cities, but in Washington, DC, this is the dilemma with which many sistas are contending. Very few men are earning enough to support families. Many of them have not educated themselves due to poor family backgrounds, parents' low expectations, differential treatment, or poor-performing public schools. Consequently, they are either unemployed or underemployed
Yes, among other issues, this topic is a heavily debated issue in Washington, DC. In fact, a popular radio host by the name of Michael Baisden discusses this issue quite often on his radio program. And each time that he brings this issue up ("Single Black Women"), a swarm of Black women call in to voice their concerns. I'm only 29 years old, and right now, I'm doing OK in terms of dating. But after listening to all of these women well into their 30's and 40's calling and complaining, frankly, I'm beginning to get a little worried.
We do have a major problem with violence here in Washington DC. Drugs and gangs are a big problem in the poorer parts of the district. And unfortunately, this is where majority of Black men reside. Not a day goes by that I don't hear about a Black youngster either being shot or being ruthlessly beaten by a police officer(s). Just recently, a young Black teen was beaten for what went on for 84 minutes by five or more police officers. The beating was taped and aired on the news this past week. None of the officers, of course, were prosecuted, and so I am really concerned and scared for these boys. They are literally fair game and walking targets for anyone who wants to assault them. And I honestly don't know what to do about this. I just teach the youngsters and try to tell them to go to college (especially the boys). I tell them to please stay out of trouble. This whole thug phenomenon is absolute madness and I believe it has gotten way out of control in our community. Our kids are in desparate need for some serious guidance--the girls and the boys.