A great new book by Jason L. Riley, Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed, is now available for purchase. Jason L. Riley is a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and a Fox News contributor.
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.
“From affirmative action to welfare, a devastating examination of the real-life effects of good intentions gone terribly wrong. This thoughtful, lucid, and often restrained account of the wreckage produced by racial politics marks Jason Riley as one of the nation’s rising political writers.”
“Please Stop Helping Us by Jason Riley is a much-needed fundamental education on the facts about race in America. It is an honest discussion of race in plain English, without the evasive rhetoric and outright cant that have become the norm in these politically correct times. It packs a lot of facts and a lot of wisdom into 204 pages of very easily understood writing. I cannot think of any book that has said so much in so few pages since Milton Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom back in 1962. This book would be an especially valuable gift for someone who has just graduated from a college that pushes the usual politically correct line on racial issues. A few doses of the truth can work wonders.”
“Boom! A combative, conservative shot to the jaw of liberal dogma about black America. Riley is brash in calling out the phony leaders, the false prophets. He exposes the weak thinking behind so many of the smiling faces with good intentions that lead to bad results for those of us most in need of help.”
Get your copy now and buy an extra one for a friend or your local library. My copy will be donated to my local library as I do all review copies of books.