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

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

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by Jason L. Riley
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/01/2015
Wall Street Journal columnist Riley says minimum-wage laws and affirmative action policies in education hurt more than help black communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594038419
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
01/05/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
81,521
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jason L. Riley is an editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal, where he has worked since 1994, and a Fox News contributor. He lives in suburban New York City with his wife and three children.

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Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every Mr. Riley says about criminality and culture in this book is true. I'm Hispanic, and as a kid I was frequently made fun of by other Hispanic kids because I performed well in school. They claimed I was trying to "act white" because I read and didn't speak with a barrio accent. I developed an accent to fit in at school that was different than the one I used in other aspects of my life, and I saw many of my friends fall in to lives of crime because in their families it was respectable to represent the neighborhood gangs. I believe the culture of criminality is one of the greatest threats to Hispanic and Black communities, but no one wants to speak openly about it, until now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent thought provoking read. Riley explains simply how the left has managed to box African Americans into a corner. How can you vote against Santa Claus? By keeping them needful of govt. lessens their need to crate a better self.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely and clearly written. All of our national and local leaders need to read this, even if only to say that they have read it. Jason Riley is to be commended for the courage to write this book. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe everything in the book and it just spot on. Nice job in writing this book Jason L. Riley. Why don't the black leaders tell there own that crime is not the answer and only leads to worse problems for them. It seems every time there is a issue in the news it's always portrayed as a race issue. Why? Look at how long it going to take for the communities to recover if at all in Baltimore, Ferguson Missouri etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats a really great idea! Thanks a lot!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hmm the author has conveniently forgotten the last 150 years or so of American history. He forgets all about the Great Depression and how Blacks were pretty much left out of the New Deal. He forgets the purpose of Affirmative Action, he doesn't know in 1978 United States Supreme Court ruled that such racial quotas were illegal. Now back to AA which group of people benefit from Affirmative Action it's not Blacks it's White women I haven't see any books titled White Women please stop helping us. Our Author believes 100 years of legal discrimination can be wiped out in a short fifty years never mind we are talking about a group of people that it was illegal to educate in the first place. Now in spite of that, along with Black people being lynch, towns burned to the ground and/ or bombed yes bombed. Research"Black Wall Street" of America. or Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Riot. It was not a riot it was a slaughter. Rosewood, FL there were many other towns burned to the ground. My point with all this against a group of people in spite of that - they are still here fighting for their American dream. For this author to write a book stating Black people are sitting around waiting for Liberal to help, tell them which way to go ...... Now that's rich, being a Liberal doesn't automatically make a person racially tolerant. As Dr. King stated "Neither Republicans nor Democrats are a friend to the Negro." Black people knew that then, they know it now. I can see no real research went in to the writing of this book. If he bothered to do any he would have know it's the great Myth of the Black-on-Black Crime Epidemic - this started to pop up in the 1980s in spite of what's going on in Chicago Black crime like everyone else is going down. There is more White on White crime it is impossible for there to be more Black on Black crime there shouldn't be any Blacks left. 93% of Blacks murdered are killed by another Black, yes true you are more likely to be murdered by someone you know! Black crime sells newspapers. A Black person killing a White person sells papers. This is a blant person using buyer's racism to sell books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well well well this is a pickle.....and the truth is, well harsh. Sweety, he is not gonna come back or message you back. I can feel it and I am sorry but its true.....he liked you in camp but nada mas. Sorry again......oh and if this sounds weird or fake its not.....I can feel it in me. So pull away now or you will be hurt but this boy. Bye and I hope you listened......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a sucker. Ill bet he eats rabbits
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
spot on
ViciMilo More than 1 year ago
This book does little more than promote a "Foutainhead" type philosphy where those born into poverty are somehow to blame for their plight. How soon we forget the laws in place forbidding minorities or immigrants from voting, owning a business, attending a school or pursuing certain professions (think anti-irish setiment in the east or the anti-chineese leagues out west) - every generation of immigrants hates the next generation trying to come in. Facts are facts: Over 500 nations existed w/ over 3million people living here when America was "Discovered" by Europeans looking to make money exploiting new trade routes. Small pox DID decimate the native population, be it intentionally spead or not. Roosevelt's "New Deal" and Johnson's "Great Society" COULD have worked if these programs weren't cut off at the knees by those promoting their own greed and the special interests of big business, big oil, big pharm - - take your pick. I DO agree w/ the author on one point: We purpetuate a culture of violence where intelligence is ridiculed and scorned while agression and criminality is rewarded. We need to move beyond the old stereotypes and stop blaming "them" for all our problems. We need to pick ourselves up and stop making excuses. That said, all-in-all this book is little more than propaganda for the Faux News crowd
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't think for one minute that I'm actually defending the Government.I don't have one ounce of respect for these money hungry egotistical bastards on"the hill"One thing I feel that I have to get off my chest before I go any further and it doesn't pertain to this book,so forgive me please,is the SCHOCKING news of the medical attention that our,GOD BLESS THEM ALL,Vetererns are not recieving.Good Lord,this topic has come up in conversations amongest family and friends for years and years!!! I have seen several Vets that have lost their health lnsurance from losing their job or for whatever reason and have had that sinking, frightend feeling knowing that they have to resort to the V.A.If I knew about it and you knew about it for years and this really burns my ass,does the government really think that we are suppose to ONCE AGAIN BELIEVE SUCH HOGWASH!!!!How many more things are going to have to happen before(and this fairy tale coming out on OBAMA'S WATCH AGAIN!!! just when is he going to be IMPEACHED?!!!!Well I certainally didn't mean to vent for that long so the review on the book on hand.Short and sweet.If your mother and your mother's mother and her mother's mother etc.etc.way of live has always counted on the government for a free ride,that's all they know-have another and another etc.etc baby,bigger welfare check more food stamps,W.I.C.program,free health and dental care free day care,subsidised housing etc.etc.Yeah,try breaking that cycle.NOT IN MY LIFE TIME!!! Only the truth.Thank you all for bearing with me.GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!