Malcolm X once warned African Americans that no one can exploit and hate on black people with the dexterity, efficiency and ruthlessness as other blacks. Case in point: a black Stanford law professor is gainfully profiteering off the collective marriage misery of middle-class African American women with a blog-level, contemptible book, Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone.

Ralph Richard Banks, a law professor at the “Ivy League school of the West,” Stanford University, has an answer to solve black women’s dilemma to finding a suitable soul mate: marry white men.

Of course the reprehensible title, Is Marriage for White People?, was deliberately inflammatory with a sort of sinister, premeditated attempt to inflame racial animus, incite counterproductive shouting matches, exploit an already-abused and easy-to-pick-on demographic to sell books and, most of all, raise professor Banks’ profile from deserved obscurity into undeserving national attention.

But, like its literary predecessors, the book seems to solve little, if the reviews are to be believed. While some intelligent points were sprinkled into the book at irregular intervals, overall, it answers none of the questions and relies on haphazard, shabby research and unsubstantiated theories wrapped in hollow, sophisticated rhetoric to make you give it a good look.

“By the time you reach the solution presented at the end of the book — that black women should shift the power balance by opening themselves to interracial marriage — you realize the author hasn’t even attempted to explore, let alone answer, the cover’s quandary,” reads the review.

And there is the most conspicuous void in Banks’ qualifications that you’d think would be a prerequisite in order to analyze and dissect something of this size and scope. He is just a lawyer — one with too much time on his hands.

Yes, he’s a lawyer and professor of juris prudence at one of the top schools in the country, if not the world. And yes, he has taught about marriage and discrimination, but he not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist, social scientist, cultural anthropologist, historian and not even a television pundit, for that matter. Banks doubtlessly has dollar signs dancing before his eyes and probably desparately wants to join the lucrative speaking circuit by procuring TV appearance fees that are more commensurate with his pedigree. But I digress.

There has been an intermittent stream of similar topics that have cattle-prodded black women’s nerve endings in recent years, including the nauseating and highly-objectionable “Nightline” special, “Why Can’t a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?” that featured Steve Harvey, the author of two #1 New York Times bestselling books on the trials and travails of single black women.

Melissa Harris Perry, thankfully, turned the blowtorch toward staged idiocy and ridiculousness that’s often camoflauged under the guise of concern for black women, though we know that mainstream audiences couldn’t care less about how black women fare.

“The serious, interesting and sensitive social and personal issues … were hijacked by superficial, cartoonish dialogue that relied heavily on personal anecdotes and baseless personal impressions while perpetuating damaging sexism,” Perry retorted.

Like a small town that’s recovering from a natural disaster and is told that another is en route, African American men and women need to  bandage up their sensibilities quickly and prepare, again, to have their psyches peeled like onions by another unscrupulous, racial pimp on a rampage. –terry shropshire

  • Ldmaye

    All i go to say is “WOW”!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FDR5GLWLONFVEYLAHAGZIAL7MM D. K.

    He’s at Stanford but doesn’t have the sense to do any research to explore the title of his book?  Really?!

    • http://twitter.com/MICAHBYRDBKPG Mica Byrd

      I agree, I most definitely didn’t appreciate the title and a lot of the contents that was presented in the article.

  • AGoodWoman

    Try being a black woman living and loving in America, then talk.

  • Brickcity61

    Looks are deceptive, evil can present it self to appear good. Try the heart of another, the content of there inner person and you will find the mate worthy to share the goodness that this world can offer. Those who look upon the outer appearance is setting themselves up for disappointment and those who look into the inner person can find appreciation.

  • http://www.blackchickontour.com Terri aka Black Chick On Tour

    All women need to open themselves up to good men (that they’re attracted to), regardless of race. We’re HUMAN BEINGS first people!!  Remember race is a thing someone made up to oppress others.  Don’t perpetuate this “racial” crap.  Why does it have to be black or white?  Excuse me, last I checked there are more ethnicities on earth than just the old “black and white.” What about Hispanics, Arabs, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Indians, etc.  And, guess what.  Outside of the good ‘ol USA “white” people aren’t “white” people; they’re Australian, New Zealanders, French, Brits, Swedish, etc.  Some people need to open their focus.  The problem with “some” is that they’re too focused on this thing called race versus just living life.  And, way too many Black people are focused on white people as if they’re the enemy.  I’m Terri first, a woman second, and Black falls around 3rd or 4th in regards to my self identity, and when I meet people I don’t care about their race.

  • NickGT

    Well cousin.. this article sounds a little inflamed.. although I’m sure the message in the book probably wasn’t researched enough for your liking.. it is obvious this is a problem faced by the black female in today’s society. He is not the only black male saying it’s time to branch out.  

  • ItGirl

    Why does everyone care so much about the plight of black women? We are not some case study to solve. Black women not getting married is not some horrific social epidemic that is affecting this country.  Black women are capable of getting married if they choose to. Maybe black women don’t want to get married to just anything out there just to say they are married. Did anyone explore this topic? Seems like the bigger issue is why are all the black men marrying outside of their race and the rest just not marriage material to begin with?

    • Anonymous

      Are you kidding me? If you don’t think that that the hundreds of thousands of black kids growing up in homes with no father is not a horrific social epidemic, leading to all  sort of problems (truancy, dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, drug addiction and crime) then you must be leaving under a rock with that guy in the Geico commercial.

      And the overwhelming majority of black men who are married are married to black women. The media like to highlight the rich and famous ones who aren’t, thereby giving the impression that interracial marriage for black men is the norm rather than the exception.

    • Anonymous

      Are you kidding me? If you don’t think that that the hundreds of thousands of black kids growing up in homes with no father is not a horrific social epidemic, leading to all  sort of problems (truancy, dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, drug addiction and crime) then you must be leaving under a rock with that guy in the Geico commercial.

      And the overwhelming majority of black men who are married are married to black women. The media like to highlight the rich and famous ones who aren’t, thereby giving the impression that interracial marriage for black men is the norm rather than the exception.

  • http://twitter.com/MICAHBYRDBKPG Mica Byrd

    While the title of this story was enticing, the contents of the information was shameful. I most definitely want to believe that the true essence of finding love has no color line, but I’m not foolish either. I do believe that women of color should be open to having many more options than what we’re use to, when it comes to love. Exposing ourselves in a good way (being open) to giving our other brothers a chance is good for one’s personal growth as a contribution to our community and this society.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PTZC3TWEORYTJX3WVBF5DM3OAE Deacon Doc

    He’s a punk sell out pussy….and he may get a visit….4 it….u marry a white man…bitch…..look at him ..he looks sweet…..black is b-4 any thing…check ur b.i.b.l.e……….dummy…….

  • Trayholmes

    Brother Terry, while I applaud your enthusiasm, I must say that this article is enflamed with hostility.  This professor hasn’t said anything different from what my girlfriends and I talk about on a regular basis and that is, black women needing to branch out.  I’ve been traveling all over the world and I see Australians with Brits and Arabs with Philippines and the list goes on.  Only in America are we so desperately holding on to black and white, us vs. them mentalities.  The world is vast and at the end of the day, as my grandmother would say, “people are people”.  

    Black men are, have been and will continue to explore options outside of their race, but the moment someone suggests that a sista does it, he’s called a, “racial pimp on a rampage”.  I honestly think that you should be shamed to be spewing this type of anger, ignorance and rhetoric on-line and calling it literary work.  Shame on you for not being open and for guilting anyone who believes that black women should keep their hearts and minds open to love, whatever color it might come packaged in.

  • Judy

    Only in the silly United States would we be even having this discussion. Black women marry “outside of their race” in every country in the western hemisphere except this one. Maybe that is why the black community has so many problems, we are closed off to everybody and we close ourselves off to the world. Brazilians, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are a mixture of black and white. They don’t have the problems we have with family structure, jail and men abandoning their families that we do. Maybe we have to think that our children having a darker complexion is really worth all the trouble and unhappiness? It sounds very self defeating to me.