“That’s not just a simple majority; that’s overwhelming majority,” James said. The number of us who are not, that number is almost negligible.” If 86 percent of married Black men are married to Black women, then where did this notion that Black men are with White women come from?“It came from a number of people who wanted to be able to say Black women aren’t getting married,” James said.
Interracial marriage is on the rise, making more than a fivefold increase since 1967, when only 3 percent of newlyweds were intermarried, according to a Pew Research Center report released Thursday.“We were seeing these articles in Essence, on CNN, and ABC was doing specials.In order to say that Black women aren’t getting married, they had to create some hype.One meme has a photo with Black actors Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, and Harold Perrineau, who all starred in the movie “Best Man Holiday.” The caption reads, “Black women be like: I want a man just like one of the guys from Best Man Holiday.” In the film, the characters that the three men portray are with Black women, but the bottom photo of the meme shows all three of them with their White wives. It’s an absolute lie,” said Darryl James, an award-winning author and relationship coach.The bottom caption reads, “It’s only a movie baby girl.” That meme has sparked many online debates where Black men and Black women have argued over why so many Black men are marrying White women. “That’s the reality of it, when you look at the pure numbers, not what people see on TV, not what they see when they are walking around in their communities, but just pure numbers.” According to the 2010 U. Census Bureau, only seven percent of married Black men are married to White women.