Popular Writings


An Interracial Fix for Black Marriage, The Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2011.

Marriage: Denied and Delayed,  KQED Radio, July 19, 2011

Author Tells Black Women: Marry “Out” Not “Down”, NPR News, June 29, 2011

Marriage: How Moral Norms Evolve, Room for Debate, The New York Times, July 3, 2011.

Marriage: The Next Chapter, Room for Debate, The New York Times, July 3, 2011.

A Cruel Paradox, The Cruel Irony in the Wal-Mart Ruling, Room for Debate, The New York Times, June 21, 2011 [updated June 30, 2011].

The Marriage Decline, Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News, New York Times, January 24, 2010.

Appellate court asks California Supreme Court to weigh in on gay-marriage ban, Washington Post, January 4, 2011.

Looking at African-American Marriage, On Point, December 7, 2010

Will Gay Marriage Ruling Be A Ripple Or Tsunami?, NPR, August 5, 2010

The Prop 8 Arguments Are Over, Now It’s Up to the Judge – Which Way, L.A.?, on KCRW, June 16, 2010

Black Women Least Likely to Marry, but Overall Interracial Marriage More Common Than Ever, ABC News, June 4, 2010

The Soul Mate Factor (in “Divorce: It’s Not Always About You”), The New York Times “Room for Debate” blog, June 4, 2010

Soul-searching on the subject of romance, Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2010

The Marriage Decline, The New York Times, “Room for Debate” blog, January 24, 2010

At heart of Prop. 8 trial, a clash over motives, The Sacramento Bee, January 19, 2010

What next for Tiger Woods? Celebrity breakups often extra bumpy, Orlando Sentinel, December 19, 2009

Tiger Woods and wife: If they split, how to divide?, Los Angeles Times, December 18, 2009

Deals: On Black Marriage, Publishers Weekly Best Books, December 07, 2009

Ralph Richard Banks, Sidestepping Land Mines, Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News, New York Times, July 23, 2009.

Ralph Richard Banks, Complicated Dynamics, Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News, New York Times, July 22, 2009.

R. Richard Banks, Crime-Abortion Link Isn’t a Racist Conclusion, The Baltimore Sun, (August 25, 1999) p. 13A.

R. Richard Banks, Crime-Abortion Link Isn’t a Racist Attack, Los Angeles Times (August 23, 1999) p. B5.

R. Richard Banks, Interviews With Legal Eagles Never Get Off The Ground, Plain Dealer (June 29, 1997) p. 111.

R. Richard Banks, Unsatisfying Package of Memoir, Criticism, Plain Dealer (November 3, 1996) p. 12I.

R. Richard Banks, Memoir of Black Life Invitingly Vulnerable, Plain Dealer (July 28, 1996) p. 11J.

R. Richard Banks, Player Reflects on Growing up With Baseball, Plain Dealer (July 23, 1996) p. 12J.

R. Richard Banks, Anthology Tells Other Side of Urban Life, Plain Dealer (June 16, 1996) p. 11J.

R. Richard Banks, Why Race Still Matters, The Baltimore Sun (June 13, 1995) p. 15A.

R. Richard Banks, A New Way to Sidestep America’s racial problems, Albany Times Union (May 24, 1995) p. A11.

R. Richard Banks, Perspective on Affirmative Action; Race Matters Most, Los Angeles Times, May 22, 1995.

Jennifer Eberhardt and R. Richard Banks, Programs Must Puncture Myths of Racial Inferiority, Los Angeles Daily Journal (March 16, 1995) p. 6.

R. Richard Banks, Perspective on Affirmative Action: Return the Focus to Redressing Wrongs Traceable to Slavery : The benefits intended for U.S.-born blacks are going to people of ‘diversity’ for whom they never were intended, Los Angeles Times, February 3, 1995.

R. Richard Banks, Perspective on Racism: We Believe What We Want : Making ‘The Bell Curve’ a topic of serious criticism suggests that its ‘black inferiority’ theme is worthy of rebuttal, Los Angeles Times, November 18, 1994.

R. Richard Banks, It’s His Celebrity, Not His Race : In his wealth and fame, O. J. Simpson is insulated from racial assumptions. If only most black people could be treated so fairly, Los Angeles Times, July 11, 1994.

R. Richard Banks, America’s Image as a Meritocracy Frays at the Edges : Equality: The myth and the ideal are being tested against actuality in a faculty dispute at Harvard Law School, Los Angeles Times, April 10, 1992.

R. Richard Banks, Preferred Treatment Didn’t Bother Whites, The Oregonian (August 9, 1990) p. C09.

R. Richard Banks, Perspective on the Traffic Crunch; When is a Body not a Passenger?, Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1990.

R. Richard Banks, Toward Abolishing Black History Month, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (February 28, 1990) p. 3C.

R. Richard Banks, Color is no Test for Teachers, The San Diego Union-Tribune (March 8, 1989) p. B-7.

R. Richard Banks, Black History is U.S. History, Chicago Tribune (February 16, 1989) p. 29.

R. Richard Banks, Black Culture Influence Woven Into Social Fabric, The Oregonian (February 10, 1989) p. D05.

R. Richard Banks, We Need to do More About Drugs Than ‘Just Say No’, Chicago Tribune (August 10, 1988) p. 17.

R. Richard Banks, Presenting The Good News About Black College Students, Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1988.