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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594037256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594037252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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The point of the book is evident by the title.
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He does a thorough job researching relevant data and provides a strong case for this.
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An almost bewildering array of Great Society programs was launched to accomplish.
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116 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Alex on June 20, 2014
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Can Affirmative Action and similar programs be hurting those it intends to help? To even raise this question will be puzzling to many of us, but social policies based on emotion and empathy, the ones that "feel" right, often have the worst unintended consequences. This book examines them all in detail.

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.
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127 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Kent Price on June 18, 2014
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Government "war on poverty" programs of the last 50 years have failed in spite of increasing expenditures. There appear to be limits on what the government can do beyond removing barriers to freedom. The focus on "equality of result" seems to be creating more barriers to progress.

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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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allan Keating on June 30, 2014
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Yet more information, with supporting data, that all should know. Mr. Riley doesn't disparage the good intentions behind the ideas and programs that have been created, but points out there utter failure to achieve the goals for which they were designed. Other uses for federal and state tax dollars could better help the wholly inclusive society we live in. This book is a very good read for those who do not know of the unintended consequences of social program follies of the past. Thank you, Mr. Riley
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Geagan on June 21, 2014
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Riley, who has spent his career at the Wall Street Journal makes an extremely well researched case that various "programs" supposed to help poor black people actually hurt them: minimum wage laws, affirmative action, welfare transfer payments, antipathy to school vouchers. His prescription is for the government to back off and let black people reform 'black, culture. Mr. Riley quotes extensively from scholarly studies yet the book remains very readable. Good job!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2014
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If I had highlighted anything in this book, then I would have highlighted so much that very few sections or paragraphs would NOT have been highlighted. The author did a masterful job of making his case, and the title expresses the conclusion perfectly. Well done, Mr. Riley!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Casual Reader on July 3, 2014
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This is must reading for anyone believing that our government esp the liberals, is helping not only the blacks but all minorities to achieve their fair share of our American opportunity. I had first seen the falsehood in Johnson reading Mayor Daly's autobiography and seeing how the Johnson money ended up used by Daly to reward political patronage - and in fact keeping the blacks out of white neighborhoods! Now we even have blacks like Jackson and Sharpton reaping huge financial rewards with their culture of entitlement that is further hurting the black opportunity. I suggest you also read Losing the Race, Self Sabotage in Black America by John McWhorter
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cds on July 9, 2014
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Great book and enjoyed the interview on Michael Medved. There is an android app on Amazon called "Being Black and Conservative" that covers much of the material in this book.

http://www.amazon.com/128BiT-Multimedia-Being-Black-Conservative/dp/B00CIEJNW2/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1404931692&sr=1-1&keywords=being+black+and+conservative
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2014
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The point of the book is evident by the title. Jason was very careful not to question liberals' intentions, which is commendable (I don't think I would have been nearly as evenhanded). But when it came to judging liberal policies, he was merciless. He didn't scream and holler, he just argued the facts and backed them up with unassailable documentation. Although I'm a white boy and the point of the book is for us to stop trying to help our black compatriots, it did make me want to do something to undo the 50 years of wrongheaded liberal policies. Surely there is a way to help that would actually, you know, help. I'd love for the author to give us some suggestions. Buy the book and read it. It will help you think straight on a very divisive issue.
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