The couple has since had two more children, Ahmet, 2, and Nur Jahan, five months.
As these women rise into the middle class, the men stay in the lower class, becoming less compatible.
Many black women respond by “marrying down, but not out,” as Mr Banks puts it. Two out of every three black marriages fail, about twice the rate of white marriages.
But with the recent influx of refugees into Turkey, most of them Syrian, activists say the practice is on the rise.
And they accuse the government of turning a blind eye, failing to prosecute men who break the law by taking second and third wives, some as young as 10.
First, I would just like to commend you for the outstanding work you have done and thank you for navigating these issues of race in the way that you do.
It is never easy to tackle since everyone’s feelings and opinions regarding their own background as well as the backgrounds of others oftentimes vary greatly; however, your honest engagement and down-to-earth personality make all the difference.
In Turkey, it’s illegal for a man to take on multiple wives, but activists say the influx of Syrian refugees is fueling a rise in the practice – and the government is turning a blind eye to the problem.
Women activists dressed in wedding gowns representing child brides forced into marriage hold placards that read “End violence” to protest rape and domestic violence, in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. Activists who claim polygamy is on the rise in the country say many second or third wives are child brides sold by their families to older men.
My dad is of mixed European ancestry and self-identifies as White, and my mom is half Puerto Rican and half Italian and identifies as multi-racial (however, she acknowledges that she can oftentimes pass for White and as such does benefit from White privilege).
I grew up in a predominantly White area and was one of the only Asian American students for the entirety of my grammar and high school career.
But for interracial couples, it’s just not that easy, as I’ve learned in the past.