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Rick Banks: Is Marriage for White people?



Is Marriage for White People

Professor Ralph Richard Banks teaches at Stanford University. He and writes about family law, employment discrimination law, and race and the law. He is the author of Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone. The Cleveland, Ohio native holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA from there as well, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Banks have been featured in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He has been interviewed and quoted by numerous print and broadcast media. ABC News/Nightline and National Public Radio have used him as a scholarly source to quote for references regarding social issues related to race and gender.

Banks received the bright idea for the name of his book from a young black boy interested in how to be a good parent. The African American child said to a reporter, “…marriage is for white people.” Although banks had been working on the book for some time and may have had other names in mind, this was it.

Black women are the least and last married, and the first to divorce compared to non-black women. Over 75 percent of African American men do not marry in their lifetime. Why is this a phenomenon? Banks goes into detail about why this is in his book Is Marriage For White People? and provides solutions to the problem.

One of his most controversial solutions is for black women to date and marry outside of their race. He holds the position that black women should give up the fight for “black love” and focus on a love that meets their needs and requirements. Black women became the most educated group of people in America in 2015. This is in stark contrast to African American men whose prison to college ratio is almost equal. This has interrupted compatibility and the pool of proper mate selection. African American women outnumber African American men by over 2 million. Which is uncommon for any people group who hasn’t survived a recent war.

Black men have become a coveted resource within the black community according to their scarcity. Their supply does not meet their demand. This leads to infidelity, and the delaying of marriage as well as divorce. Banks teaches that black women would do well to marry their actual peers academically and professionally and that when enough black women do this, black men will adjust.


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