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But a new book adds fresh ideas and a new tone to the conversation, suggesting black women need to start looking for suitable mates outside their race. Watch the full story on " Nightline " tonight at p. For his book, "Is Marriage for White People? His explanation as to why marriage rates are so low among black Americans is that there is a shortage of eligible black men.
Tomika Anderson, a year-old freelance writer living in Brooklyn, is all too familiar with the notion that 70 percent of black women are unmarried meaning either having never been married, divorced, separated or widowedcompared to 45 percent of unmarried white women. In "Nightline" spoke with four single, African-American professional women in Atlanta about the relative difficulty they and others like them had finding husbands. One of them called it the " black girl curse. Last year, "Nightline: Face-Off" put the question -- "why can't a successful black woman find a man?
The general consensus among the black men who were on that panel : black women need to scale down expectations and stop being so picky. Misguided advice, according to Banks. Only about 9 percent of black women are married to men of a different race -- compare that to 41 percent of Hispanic women, 48 percent of Asian women and 58 percent of Native American women in the United States. However only 8 percent of white women marry outside their race. To Banks, it seems like it is time for a change. They have engaged in what one friend described as a 'noble effort,' trying to lift black men.
That's praiseworthy, but at the same time we should recognize that, that strategy hasn't really worked. It's fair to say that strategy of trying to find a suitable husband within her race hasn't worked for Tomika Anderson. Anderson said she is eager to get married, and she didn't wait for a book to suggest dating outside of her race. There is an absolute loyalty that I feel toward black men and will always feel," she said.
I do know women who have been sort of conditioned to think that they only should date black men, and I think that's the challenge. I think that when you start limiting yourself, then you may be a little bit upset with what comes out in the end. Critics of Banks' book say that he is just a profiteer who is benefiting financially from black females' anxieties at the expense of black male egos.
After earning his bachelor's degree from Stanford and his law degree from Harvard, Banks then married a black woman. His contention now is that black women would be better served if -- in his words -- they don't marry down, but marry out. Banks argued that while divorce is widespread in the United States, more babies are also being born out of wedlock across demographics, and as an example, he pointed to the 25 percent of white children born to unmarried parents.
But the bigger question is still how realistic is it for black women to marry outside of their race. Of all interracial marriages between blacks and whites, statistically only 25 percent of them involve a black female.
White men in fact might not express interest in black women who they would otherwise be interested in partly because they don't think it would be reciprocated. The dating website, OKCupid. The website found that black women replied more to compatible matches than any other race or gender, yet they received by far the fewest replies.
After factoring in compatibility between white men and black women profiles on the site, OKCupid's study found that white men responded 25 percent less frequently when they were matched with a black woman. But Banks fired back a defense. In Anderson's case, she said she rarely gets hit on by men of other ethnicities, but is hoping that would change. Tune into " Nightline " tonight at p. ET for the conclusion to this story, including what happens when Anderson tries speed dating in New York City. LOG IN. We'll notify you here with news about. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest?
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