Is Marriage For White People?

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A quote from a famous American author, Mark Twain says “Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” The definition of marriage varies with cultures and views. The most popular and idealistic notion is that it’s a result from the unconditional love of two people wanting to share it for the rest of their life, in a committed and long bonding way. For some, however, marriage is more of an economical arrangement, a pact for two people to help and catch each other when the other one fall. And for others, it is just a paper that one can throw away if not needed, or by simple saying, marriage is not important. The book I have…show more content…
In 1987, he received both Bachelor 's and Master 's degrees from Stanford University and entered Harvard Law School earning his law degree in 1994. After graduation, he practiced law at the San Francisco office of O 'Melveny & Myers and became a member of the California Bar. His teaching focuses on race, family, culture, inequality and the law. He is happily married to his childhood sweetheart, Jennifer Eberhardt, a prominent social psychologist, and together with their three sons they reside in San Francisco Bay area. Banks admits that his decision to write the book is partly personal. He grew up belonging to the middle black class and had observed many hues of matrimonial relationship among that group, its fragility and success alike. For his documentary book, Banks interviewed approximately 100 people individually, mostly in person and some through telephone, to find out their views and opinions on black marriage, “marrying out” or interracial marriage, having biracial children, the shortage of good black men as possible spouse, and "marrying down" which means marrying a man who is not in the same economic or education class as his wife. Banks wants to uncover the reason behind "Why are middle class African American men and women so much less likely than their white counterparts to marry or stay married?" Upon doing so, he included anecdotes, empirical documents, statistical researches and historical
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