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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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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.

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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.

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Easy to follow, informative.

I learned so much from this book that I did not know before. Much of it should be common sense, but it looks like too many politiicans disregard it.

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Tells it like it is...

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.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-31-14

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!

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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.

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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.

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  • Yudi V.
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  • 09-18-16

Must read for liberals!

As a self proclaimed Liberal, this book opened my eyes to government policy that has hurt the Black community.

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Great perspective

It's refreshing to hear an educated and aware black man teach without preaching or without being angry at the world. All is not lost and there is still hope for black folks. I want my boyfriend to read these issues we face from a black man's point of view. Thank you for writing this book. I will recommend it to all races and genders.

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excellent fact based read

This book is an amazing look at the policies the left love that hurt blacks.

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  • 04-20-18

Thought provoking

There are a lot of stats that may be subject to further research but a very interesting take on a difficult situation.

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much needed views

finally some balance in the debate about racial disparity. look forward to a follow up