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Please Stop Helping Us Audiobook

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

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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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    Kenneth Larsen 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Required reading"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tulsa Time 09-08-14
    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.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-31-14
    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-31-14 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Jason Riley presents his perspective..."

    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!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John Robinson 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Golden opportunity lost"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mariana Kramer Decatur, GA USA 02-07-15
    Mariana Kramer Decatur, GA USA 02-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Definitely a conservative viewpoint!"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Georgia 12-04-14
    Dallas Georgia 12-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Should Be Required Reading By EVERY Black American"
    What did you love best about Please Stop Helping Us?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of J. D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jackson read a Grisham book --- I like his cool, unhurried style.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I have listened twice in a couple weeks. The book is filled with data and interesting anecdotes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 05-11-15
    Linda 05-11-15

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    "LIBERALS! PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author, of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is non-fiction, so no scenes really. The part about affirmative action was most enlightening.


    If you could give Please Stop Helping Us a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The title is perfect, so honest and so un-flowered. I so appreciate the honesty.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Anthony Yost 01-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally, somebody told the truth!!!!!!!!!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael San Antonio 10-21-14
    Michael San Antonio 10-21-14 Member Since 2011
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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


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William 08-09-16
    William 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enlightening"

    Loved it. Many of the points coincide what I thought about certain systems set up to "help" black people. A genuine and different outlook to what's holding black people back.

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