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Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed Hardcover – June 17, 2014
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I would say that Riley's thesis roughly boils downs to this: Affirmative Action and other well-intended programs are essentially training wheels for blacks. They may have had their place early on, but continued reliance on them is now more harmful than helpful. He does a thorough job researching relevant data and provides a strong case for this.
He reminds me of Dambisa Moyo, Zambian economist, who reveals to clueless Westerners that endless aid was actually hurting Africa by creating a culture of dependence and thwarting initiative and self-reliance. The same is true here in the US. In many large American cities, generations of black households have grown up on welfare, creating a distorted sense of expectations and entitlement. If you, your parents, and your grandparents were all substantially supported by government, why would you believe that anything else is likely, or even possible? If, on the other hand, like so many Asian-American success stories, you believe the only way to make it is study your tail off, and become self-reliant, then so many doors will be open to you in medicine, engineering, business, and more.
Riley really has his work cut out for him. There are more unquestioning drones in modern America than the skies of Afghanistan. He will be called all the usual names--Uncle Tom, Self-hater--used by the Politically Correct to punish those who color outside the lines. But if he can change the minds of just a few, create a few more black superstars like Ben Carson, etc, then it will be all worth it.
The book examines the track record of various laws and programs and their undesirable consequences:
* Welfare programs that trap people in poverty.
* Affirmative active in higher education that results in fewer black college graduates.
* Minimum wage laws that price blacks out of the labor force.
* Soft-on-crime laws that make black neighborhood more dangerous.
* Limitations on school choice that trap students in failing schools
The book is well written, with many personal examples from the author's life. It reveals how black culture, more than anything, explains the continuing academic achievement gap between black and white. I highly recommend this book.
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Outstanding book! It is very sad to see what is happening to the kids just so a few can get votes.Published 12 days ago by ajr
When I read this book I read it cover to cover nonstop. The way the concepts build on each other and explain how we have gotten to where we are is very clear. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Earl Hall
A must read to understand what needs to be done to move forward not just to change America for the sake of change, but to providing opportunities for Americans to change. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Miller
Randomly stumbled upon this and it piqued my interest. I'm very thankful to have read it. Jason Riley delivers an important message which will undoubtedly (and quite unfortunately)... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ally9
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