Black teacher says black women should marry white men

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SUBWAYMeet Ralph Richard Banks.

Banks is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is also co-founder and faculty director of the Stanford Center for Racial Justice. Banks is also a black man who seems to believe that it is better for black women to marry white men because, in his opinion, white men are their way to optimize their success.

Banks recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Post titled, “Why More Black Women Should Consider Marrying White Men.”

“Two of the most powerful positions in the United States government will soon be filled, for the first time, by black women: Kamala Harris and Ketanji Brown-Jackson,” Banks wrote. “Harris, as we all know, is the Vice President of the United States and Brown-Jackson could soon become a Supreme Court Justice.

“But Harris and Brown-Jackson also share a personal attribute that is equally remarkable: They each have a white husband,” she continued.

Banks went on to say, “This fact is significant,” referring to Jackson and Harris’s marriages to Caucasian men, but doesn’t really explain why it is significant in those particular marriages.

After all, Jackson doesn’t attribute her success to her white husband. She seems to love him and is very appreciative of his support, but where does Banks get that he has anything to do with his nomination to the Supreme Court, or his involvement in the legal field? In fact Jackson attributes his same interest in the legal field to his black father who is a lawyer.

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It’s also worth noting that, not only is a white man not responsible for its success, but it has been white men who have been pulling every racist trope in the book on veiled white supremacy by opposing it during their hearings. of confirmation.

But hey, whatever.—Banks’ general point seems to go beyond Jackson and Harris. I just thought it was intellectually lazy of her to cite them as examples when there are so many well-known and successful black women who are married to black men. (Michelle Obama, anyone?) It seems really useless to be so anecdotal in the premise of a message that has a general intent. But Banks continues with statistical arguments.

From the post:

According to data from the Brookings Institution, black men are less likely than black women to have completed high school and 50 percent less likely to have earned a four-year college degree. Yet despite a dearth of suitable black partners, black women have also been the least likely of any minority group to marry outside their race, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

Instead of associating with men of other races, many straight black women remain unmarried or marry black men with who are not especially well matched. And these unequal relationships contribute to African Americans having the highest divorce rate of any racial group (in fact, black women are the only demographic have a higher divorce rate than the marriage rate).

While Banks passively attributes these statistics to systemic racism, it remains revealing that he has downgraded suitability to formal education and financial status and has concluded that these are “mismatched relationships” based solely on that assessment.

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Banks also talked about a book he wrote called Is Marriage for whites? (For a so-called advocate of racial justice, you seem to be obsessed with white mate superiority, don’t you?) He “explained in the book why black women should not be pressured into sacrificing their own chances of happiness for some misplaced allegiance to black men.”

“Black women should also not feel indebted to black men under the guise of advancing the race,” she continued. “If the price of racial solidarity is a bad intimate relationship, then the cost is too high. Black women should not be held hostage to the struggles of black men.”

My thing is that Banks doesn’t seem to have a very high opinion of black men. or black women.

Black women don’t have the agency to make decisions for themselves? Has Banks considered the possibility that, for various reasons that do not include “misplaced loyalty” or “racial advancement,” black women simply prefer to be with black men? Maybe they just prefer a partner who shares cultural common ground with them. Maybe it’s not about “advancing the race,” but rather that Black family traditions, culture, and cultural understanding are important to Black women. After all, the same research that shows “Black women have been the least likely of any minority group to marry outside their race” also shows that the vast majority of marriages are intraracial and that, despite the fact that men Blacks are twice as likely to marry outside of their race. of his race, the vast majority of black men still marry black women.

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Now, look: If Banks’ overall message is that more black women should expand their dating/marriage parameters to include non-black men to have a better chance of a successful marriage, I don’t necessarily disagree with that. There are certainly black women who would agree and Those women they must do what they want. My problem is that he comes to the conclusion that he knows more about what black women want and need than they do. To suggest that Black women’s dating practices are a result of feeling hostage to Blackness rather than Blackness simply being important to them is patronizing and anti-Black AF.

Another problem I have with Banks’ opinion piece is this: Why is he preferring white men?

In the article, Banks is not suggesting that black women be open to marrying Asian men, South Asian men, or men of any race other than black.only white men. These are the men who least probable believe that racism is still a problem in America and will most likely oppose racial justice efforts. So why them specifically?

So obviously my take is that Banks, for the most part, is in for some simple self-deprecating sambo shit, but what do you guys think?


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