Tuesday, April 18, 2006

"marriage is for white people"

Yes, this was the title of an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Sunday. And well no, I do not find it to be a well-written article. I apologize to the writer, Joy Jones, but I feel your writing style is rather elementary. The concept was rather intruiging, it grabbed my attention, but oh wait, the facts and writing were not as intersting as the title.

Divorce has become somewhat of an epidemic. We are all well aware of this. She actually made the point that "As men mature they begin to recognize the benefits of having as roost and roots, the are more willing to settle down. By this time, however, many of their female peers are satisfied with the lives they have constructed..." Joy Jones is referring to black women, if you couldn't tell from the "marriage is for white people" thing. (Of course, there are only two types of people in America: black and white.) Statistics show that 43.3% of black men and 41.9% black women haven't ever married, while the numbers show only 27.4% of white men and 20.7% of white women. This is a significant difference, but can she really be allowed to make the point that "marriage is for white people?" Have you studied logical arguments ever? Does this not beg the question?

She attempts to justify this with her own experience, which I find to be a huge flaw in this type of article. She does not make her point gradually throughout her personal endeavors, but instead breaks to allow for the missing information. Smooth transitions Joy, smooth.

It rather difficult for me to swallow the fact that many Atlantans read this and felt enlightened. Where have all the good writiers gone to? Why do I have to search the internet endlessly to find them? Why can't I pick up Atlanta's Sunday's paper and be fulfilled?


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