Black Men, Black Women & Marriage: Revisiting the debate


Hour 2

The state of African-American marriages has been the subject of heated debate and more so since Stanford law professor Ralph Richard Banks published his controversial book “Is Marriage for White People?” In it Banks posited that successful black women should pursue interracial relationships because of the dearth of eligible black professional men. Angela Stanley, a researcher at the Kirwan Institute, responded to Banks last month in a New York Times opinion piece, saying that black women who remain single may do so not because there are no suitable black mates, but because they choose to remain single.  Ivory Toldson of Howard University recently published a report in Empower Magazine in which he found that the marriage statistics for African-Americans are more about education and income, not race. We’ve invited Stanley and Toldson to join us in this hour of Radio Times to explore the state of marriage among black men and women in the U.S.

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