21 Oct 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
|“Is Marriage for White People?|
“How the African-American
Marriage Decline Affects Everyone”
by Ralph Richard Banks, Esq.
“Black women marry across class lines, but not race lines. They marry down but not out. Thus, they lead the most racially-segregated intimate lives of any Americans.”
This book has the sort of eye-catching title that suggests that the content might be superficial. But no, the author, a professor of law at Stanford University, launched a serious investigation here into the question of whether African Americans are the marrying kind anymore.
Professor Ralph Richard Banks was ostensibly inspired by the troubling statistics indicating that ”Jumping the Broom” has become less and less popular not only among ghetto-dwelling blacks but also among the middle and upper-classes. So, he decided to examine the issue of the breakdown of the African-American family in depth by conducting research, by amassing a combination of anecdotal and scientific evidence.
The upshot of that effort is “Is Marriage for White People?” a controversial opus, which offers a surprising solution to the burgeoning problem. Believe it or not, the groundbreaking book makes the case for sisters getting out of their comfort zone and entering more romantic relationships with Caucasians, Asians and Latinos.
Banks’ basic thesis is that because black females are generally better-educated and make more money than brothers, it’s silly for them to restrict themselves to a dating pool of just black men. Besides, he says black males tend to take them for granted, and to think nothing of sleeping with more than one woman at once.
Paradoxically, the author ultimately arrives at the counter-intuitive conclusion that “For black women, interracial marriage doesn’t abandon race, it serves the race,” because “If more black women married non-black men, more black men and women might marry each other.” That humdinger of a plan might very well be the answer, but it sure sounds to me a lot like traveling East in order to go West.
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