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.
Using substantial empirical evidence, Mr. Riley's advances the thesis, that well meaning white Liberals and profiteering Black activists have harmed, not helped, Blacks starting with President Johnson and the war on poverty.
Whether one holds Liberal or conservative political views, Mr. Riley's arguments are too persuasive to ignore and the consequences of doing so are too serious.
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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!
Riley pulls no punches as he systematically lays out the case for LESS government help to the black community, and MORE personal involvement by black parents and their kids. Pay attention in school. Don't worry about "acting white" because it is your ghetto mentality that is holding you back.
The fact that a black man whose parents were engaged in his upbringing has made it big in America. Riley faced pressured no different than the thugs who burn and loot, but his upbringing caused him to defy the odds and succeed.
Jackson read a Grisham book --- I like his cool, unhurried style.
No, but I have listened twice in a couple weeks. The book is filled with data and interesting anecdotes.
People who "feel sorry" for the plight of the black community, people who think unions like the NEA and the AFT are helping education, and people who think it is criminal that so many young black men are in prison need to listen to Riley - a successful black man - tell us the truth.
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.
If you are a conservative politically, you will love this book. If you are a liberal or somewhere in between, you will learn some interesting facts. I found it eye opening even if I didn't agree with everything he puts forth. It's filled with information and statistics that he uses to illustrate his beliefs that since the sixties, whites in our country have done harm to poor blacks in the name of helping them to get ahead.
I recommend it as a good read.
Some great points were made here, then all of a sudden he smacks you in the face with good ole boy, pull yourself up by your bootstraps conservatism. Had the author put party aside for a moment he could have went in depth on how both parties have contributed to poor blacks dependance of government
Yes. Being a liberal myself, I have often thought about some of these issues. Being white, I have felt that it is strange that mostly white people make the decisions as to the "issues" of African Americans here in America. This has helped me to look from a different perspective at the race card being played so often. I was born in 1950 and today I wonder why things have not really changed. This book helped me to see why things as they were are still perpetuated as we evolve.
The author, of course.
This is non-fiction, so no scenes really. The part about affirmative action was most enlightening.
The title is perfect, so honest and so un-flowered. I so appreciate the honesty.
Again, liberals! Please read this book with an open mind. It's not too late for us to change and let go of the illusion that we are helping.
This was an excellent book! it's so refreshing to finally hear the truth about what is happened in our country and how certain groups who created certain problems tried to hide and mask those problems and blame other groups which is typically the case. James Riley is a master at uncovering this deception.
Too much statistical information
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This book has several great observations. Most are and enlightening and many are undeniable. Yet, I felt the writer took such a hard stance against Obama and the left that he failed to recognize any significant contributions of both. I'm a conservative African-American; however, I don't think, nor do I ever want to convey that all things left are bad for blacks. I really enjoyed the book though and highly recommend it.
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