Reconsidering the Black Single Mother Argument.

Blackscientist is at it again.

The problem is not that people are different. The problem is not that girls aren’t marrying. The problem is not that black women are reproducing. The problem is that the dominant ideology governing what is socially acceptable and legally rewarding works to systematically discriminate against queer ways of life, including unmarried lifestyles, living without a pronounced male head of household, or being a single parent.

No, the black family does not always resemble the patriarchal nuclear family that has been deemed the most successful and productive. Yes, black single mother households have increased over the last four decades, and yes, a number of black children come from single-parent households. We should use these realities to question the formation of exclusionary norms, rather than to lambaste black morality with underlying aspirations to assimilate. Discourses around proper sex and family structures have regarded black families as violating social and moral code, while social welfare policies and pro-heterosexual marriage policies have cunningly made maintaining queer family structures particularly economically onerous.

The whole thing is worth reading.

One thought on “Reconsidering the Black Single Mother Argument.

  1. WestIndianArchie January 8, 2009 at 9:47 am Reply

    Unwed mothers and their children wouldn’t be a problem if the arrangement produced *better* results than the “nuclear family” norm.

    There are communal and societal consequences for “cavalier” activity (c) Obama.

    You can change the “norm”, but the results are still the same.

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