Is Marriage for White People? How the African-American Marriage Decline
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by Ralph Richard Banks, Esq.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult (September 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
Book Review by Kam Williams
"Over the past half-century, African-.Americans have become the most unmarried people in our nation. By far. We are the least likely to marry and the most likely to divorce; we maintain fewer committed and enduring relationships than any other group. Not since slavery have black men and women been as un-partnered as we are now...
Why? Black women of all socioeconomic classes remain single in part because the ranks of black men have been decimated by incarceration, educational failure, and economic disadvantage... Yet despite the shortage of black male peers, black women do not marry men of other races.
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."
--Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 2-3)
This book has the sort of eye-catching title which 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.
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