11-18-2017  9:00 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

Special runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ...

Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

Plan would restore involuntary displacement by building 80 homes per year ...

Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

Meeting to take place Saturday morning at June Key Delta Center ...

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OPINION

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Kam Williams Special to The Skanner News

"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.

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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