With his new book, Where Did Our Love Go, veteran lifestyle journalist Gil Robertson IV explores the intense national dialogue on the subject of falling marriage rates in the African American community.
Marital unions have always played an essential part to the vitality and character of society. However, since the 1960’s marriage rate for African Americans have fallen precipitously. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 42 percent of black adults have never been married and many sources now report that marital unions among blacks in the 21st century has become so perilous that a black child born during slavery was more likely to grow up living with both parents. This instability is potentially catastrophic and prompts the questions: How could this happen? What’s shifted in African American customs and consciousness to make marriage seem unnecessary or unattainable?