Victoria Advocate | More black women single; church possibly to blameA recent Yale study found 42 percent of African-American women remain unmarried, compared to only 23 percent of Caucasian women.
Deborrah Cooper, a relationship and dating advice columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, recently made claims on her popular blog, SurvivingDating.com, that predominantly black protestant churches, such as African Methodist, Pentecostal, and certain denominations of Evangelical and Baptist churches account for why so many black women are still single.
One controversial blog post in particular titled "The Black Church: How Black Churches Keep African-American Women Single and Lonely" attracted national attention for its claims that stringent beliefs established by the black church hinder black women in their search for love.
"An examination of any congregation of the average Black church shows that single black females fill the pews," Cooper wrote. "Black women go to church week after week, hearing over and over again the message that they should be seeking a God-fearing man. Sisters in church are instructed by their pastor that there should be no room in their lives for a man without faith in the Lord."