Please Stop Helping Us

  • by Jason L. Riley
  • Narrated by J. D. Jackson
  • 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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

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.

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- Dallas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio