A few months ago, I picked up a book called Is Marriage For White People? In it, author Ralph Richard Banks addressed the decline of successful black marriages in America. He attributed this to two factors: 1) African-American women attaining a higher level of education than their male counterparts, and 2) successful black men marrying outside of their race twice as much as within. So for simplicity’s sake, let’s just say that as soon as black men find success, they often marry outside their race, leaving behind a very small and mediocre dating pool to choose from. This lack of suitable, stable men in the black community forces women to either “marry down” or stay single, which limits opportunities for successful marriages.
With that being said, why has comedian Kevin Hart taken it upon himself to misrepresent the current and dyer situation by negatively and wrongfully stereotyping black women in this cartoon?
It is absolutely hilarious to me that regardless of the 2-to-1 ratio of black women vs. black men in college, the “strong black women” in this cartoon are ripped-jeans-wearing, gut protruding, gold triangle earring flaunting, big-assed hood rats, unimpressed by the mannerly, well-dressed, “geeky” black man. In “Act 1,” the geek has bad posture and is obviously not very confident because he knows he isn’t going to be accepted by the women who are telling him he has “no game.” After procuring a nice white girl, he stands confidently, unmoved by the black women who are now calling him a “sellout” and a “self hater.”
Is Hart trying to imply that the real reason why black men are shunning black women is because we are all scantily dressed, ghetto-ass haters? The statistics about the male/female higher education disparity must be all wrong, huh? (It is even more peculiar to me that Hart would produce such crap, considering he was married to a strong black woman, who is also the mother of his children. I wonder if she had the “bad attitude” he refers to in this cartoon…) A word of advice to Hart: if you’re going to put your name on any more crap like this, at least make it be funny. [Clutch Magazine]