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.More
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- Kenneth Larsen
Tells it like it is...
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.
- Tulsa Time