Jill Scott From Another Angle

This popped into my inbox last week. It's an interesting reflection on Scott's comments, but with this attached:


Traditionally, as Jewish and gentile marriages began to rise in the United States in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, the majority of Jews marrying out were men. Conventional publications praised Jewish women as keepers of the home and faith, but pop culture demonized them as unrelenting Jewish mothers and materialistic Jewish American Princesses (JAPs) who no Jewish man would want to marry in place of the whore/madonna shiksas that represented the American dream.

I don't know enough to assess this claim, which is why I'm posting it here. Again, I'm certain some of you will know more about this, and will be able to shed some light. Part of the problem with discussing black folks is the lack of a reliable analogue. White ethnics, who weren't always white, work up to a point. As do other nonwhite Americans. 

But systemic elements and aims of white supremacy are so unique and particular to black people, that it's very hard to make consistently reliable comparisons. African-Americans are one of the few ethnic groups in history--and the only major one in this country--who were essentially birthed by a slave society, and then subjected to generational measures meant to perpetuate the benefits of that society for non-blacks. Thus when you talk about the out-marriage rates of black men as compared to black women, it gets really difficult to see whether you're actually discussing something particular to black people, or black men, or whether you're talking about something American.

Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In