Posts Tagged ‘marriage’

Stanford law professor argues black women should cross race barrier for marriage partners

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

(San Jose Mercury News) Black women are getting to the best universities, strongest corporations and top ranks of government offices.

But not to the altar.

A provocative new book by Stanford law professor Ralph Richard Banks examines why black women are so unlikely to marry — and proposes a solution that is arousing controversy in the African-American community: Cross the color line.

"Don't marry down. Marry out," says Banks in his campus office, busy with phone calls, emails and preparation for the new semester. The shared experience that once bound blacks together — segregation — is gone, he asserts. "So it all coalesces around this …: whether black women will continue to be held hostage to the failings of black men."

Particularly in California, where only 6.2 percent of the population is black, "conditions are very conducive to interracial relationships," he says. "African-Americans are a very small group here. And everyone's moved away from home, so they're more likely to form nontraditional bonds."

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#Black Women See Fewer Black Men at the Altar. #africanamerican

Friday, June 4th, 2010

(NY Times) It is a familiar lament of single African-American women: where are the “good” black men to marry?

A new study shows that more and more black men are marrying women of other races. In fact, more than 1 in 5 black men who wed (22 percent) married a nonblack woman in 2008. This compares with about 9 percent of black women, and represents a significant increase for black men — from 15.7 percent in 2000 and 7.9 percent in 1980.

Sociologists said the rate of black men marrying women of other races further reduces the already-shrunken pool of potential partners for black women seeking a black husband.

“When you add in the prison population,” said Prof. Steven Ruggles, director of the Minnesota Population Center, “it pretty well explains the extraordinarily low marriage rates of black women.”

Among all married African-Americans in 2008, 13 percent of men and 6 percent of women had a nonblack spouse. This compares with nearly half of American-born Asians choosing non-Asian spouses.

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