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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful book that points out a lot of truths. Mr. Riley responds to and debunks several liberal shibboleths with cold hard facts. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Vahan Janjigian
Mr. Riley incorporates logic and history to raise serious questions about whether some well-intended programs have fulfilled their intent, and in the process builds a case for... Read morePublished 7 days ago by srhdds
The book shows how you can't help people who don't want to be helped. The things covered that would help blacks also helps society as whole none the less. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Derek Foret
Well organized and easy to read. Stated facts are easily verified. Should be a required read for discussion in any high school, college, or book group.Published 13 days ago by Dr Don
Mr Riley has produced a well-researched book with substantive data to back up his arguments. His opening chapter is the best, as he draws on his personal experience to put a human... Read morePublished 17 days ago by James Tallmadge
Well written and greatly articulated with the facts to support the view presented.Published 1 month ago by Susan Verrett
This book was very well researched and very well written. Mr. Riley, at least with regards to responsibility for the failure of blacks to succeed, is essentially the anti-Obama. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janice H. Kasten
very interesting with lots of facts. Jason L. Riley has obviously put a lot of time and research into this book.Published 1 month ago by frank dillman
Very interesting perspective on expectations. I was always taught to expect more out of life, but I had to work for it. Mr Riley has hit the nail on the head.Published 1 month ago by Peter1psi