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Don't Lecture Black Women About Marriage

10/20/2011 03:59 pm ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

Ralph Richard Banks, a Stanford professor, is the latest to attempt to cash in on the "single black woman" fearmongering that has been so popular in the media for the last two years – one that has lead to countless articles, comedian-fronted Nightline panels, and a hilarious round of "let's blame the black church." Most recently, he's in the Economist peddling the same song black women have been hearing for years – a combination of "stop being so picky, date interracially, stop dating out of their class level (which is a reversal from older advice that black women should be open to dating blue-collar men), and marriage is the solution to most problems".

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