Thank you for your patience today in waiting for Prof. Banks. I hope you enjoyed the talk nonetheless.
I thought Prof. Banks’s talk was quite approachable. He talked about the decline in marriage and the changing roles of men and women, both generally in America, and specifically (and especially) among African Americans. He then talked about why his book was so controversial. Particularly, Prof. Banks talked about the controversy around allowing black women (who are doing better socioeconomically than black men) to marry across racial lines. On the one hand, of course black women can marry as they will. On the other hand, some people (especially black men) think that doing so is in some sense betraying the black community.
I get the sense that the majority of us will be on the side of fully allowing interracial marriage. But I would like to hear thoughts on that, especially from those of you who think that black women should be somehow encouraged to marry within the black community (if there are some of you who do believe that).
I also want to hear thoughts on the general idea of academia discussing controversial issues. Do you think that some things should be left out of intellectual discussion?
Looking forward to it!