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Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed | [Jason L. Riley]

Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries? In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist.
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Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries?

In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist. And so it goes with everything from soft-on-crime laws, which make black neighborhoods more dangerous, to policies that limit school choice out of a mistaken belief that charter schools and voucher programs harm the traditional public schools that most low-income students attend.

In theory these efforts are intended to help the poor - and poor minorities in particular. In practice they become massive barriers to moving forward.

Please Stop Helping Us lays bare these counterproductive results. People of goodwill want to see more black socioeconomic advancement, but in too many instances the current methods and approaches aren’t working. Acknowledging this is an important first step.

©2014 Jason L. Riley (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Wayne 10-31-14
    Wayne 10-31-14
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    of why blacks lag behind in education and earnings in what is supposed to be the post-racial US. Riley is a black conservative journalist who is part of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. He explains how "help" often reinforces behaviors that feed the a viscous cycle of poverty in the Urban black community. An example is the fact that urban blacks are most often educated in failing public schools because they are denied access to charter schools and private school vouchers.

    The book is well written and thoughtfully presented. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tulsa Time 09-08-14
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    What made the experience of listening to Please Stop Helping Us the most enjoyable?

    Proves the point that no one oppresses black people more than black people.

    Jason Riley seems to be one of the few black journalists in America who's willing to write the truth about black culture in our society. While heavy with statistics and numbers, Riley hits home the point that whites are not the reason blacks have social issues. He reinforces the failure of LBJ's "war on poverty" and points out the misleading opinions and manipulative behavior of "civil rights" activists like Sharpton. Very well written and I appreciate his truthfulness, which so much of journalism has lost.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael San Antonio 10-21-14
    Michael San Antonio 10-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Too much statistical information


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, could not be put into movie forum as it is currently written


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr_Redz 11-14-14
    Mr_Redz 11-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Jason L. Riley and/or J. D. Jackson?

    not at this time.


    Has Please Stop Helping Us turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The Narration and pace of the story was good, but Jason's was so slanted that I couldn't get into it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of what Jason Riley was talking about had validity, however he doesn't consider how to truly fix the problem or where the problems stem from. It's like taking someone that has never even seen a car and no one in that person's family has ever seen a car, but it's that person's fault that they can't drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Riley basically used this book to say that if you end up hanging with blacks or settle in a black neighborhood you have failed in life... He fails to consider the reason for certain generational problems that exist in the African American culture, and doesn't consider the redeeming qualities of the black community. I think he basically wrote this book to say "I'm not really black" in an attempt to be accepted as a white man. He really doesn't understand the black culture, and is attempting to condemn the black race instead of learning how to connect.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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