Black women dating large
Listeners and readers added their own insight on their experiences with the busing program.
series on KUOW immediately struck a chord with her first piece that asked a fraught question: Where are the black people?
That’s what it means for 37-year-old Marquetta Riley, anyway.
On a recent Friday night, Riley, a tall, fit woman, stood before her vanity, a full spread of makeup and hair products in front of her.
She echoed the women in Large’s column, saying that it’s nearly impossible to find a black man to date in Seattle.
University of Washington sociologists Stewart Tolnay and Kyle Crowder called it the “marriage squeeze,” noting the declining rate of black women getting married.
For example, a month ago Riley was at a bar-restaurant called Cactus when she spotted an attractive black man. And he kept turning around looking at me for about 45 minutes.
On a recent Monday, it was his turn to visit, and when he arrived, they laughed and hugged and kissed. The travel may be expensive and exhausting, but for Jones, it’s better than no relationship at all.
On this Friday night, she’s meeting an ex-boyfriend from 14 years ago for dinner – he called her hours before from Los Angeles, saying he would be in Seattle around 7 p.m.
She has a type: “Dark skinned, tall, lean, like athletic-build black men. Not easy to find that type in Seattle – or to find one that isn’t timid, she said.
series continued Wednesday with the stories of four black men on how they contend with suspicion and discrimination every day.
Listeners and readers gave us a lot of reaction to the raw piece including frustration and heartbreak.
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In the last 40 years, black women have had a harder time finding black men to marry for various reasons – high mortality, high incarceration rates and interracial marriage.