Keywords: Black women, intimate relationships, heterosexual relationships, Black men, identity development Most students choose to attend college in order to earn an academic degree, while others view the experience as an opportunity to identify a potential spouse for starting a family (Pew Research Center, 2010).
Unfortunately, many 21st century Black college women face a myriad of problems when seeking a compatible mate. Revising herself: The story of women’s identity from college to midlife.
This situation has perpetuated the educational gender gap, and strained intimate relationships between Black men and women. Racial identity, womanist identity, and issues impacting first-year African American college women at a predominantly White university: A quantitative and qualitative study (Doctoral dissertation, North Carolina State University).
In fact, some researchers contend that the stress that exists in “Black love” relationships is primarily because of political, social, and economic oppression in America (Alexander-Floyd & Simien, 2006; Hill, 2005; hooks, 2001; Waters & Conaway, 2007).
These types of issues can be quite daunting for young Black college women born into oppressive societal conditions and stigmatized with the burden of racism, sexism, and classism (Henry, Butler, & West, 2012).
The purpose of this article is to assist mental health counselors and student affairs practitioners to gain a better understanding of the challenges 21st century Black college women may face in their attempt to develop intimate heterosexual relationships with Black men. Interracial dating attitudes among college students.
Consequently, higher education leaders have the opportunity to support Black women in their quest to establish a healthy identity by providing educational opportunities within co-curricular and academic contexts to meet the needs of this unique population of students.