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Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed Paperback – January 5, 2016
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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.
Other elements of this kind of so-called help are
1) that those giving it are generally unwilling to engage in sound socio-economic and cultural research to understand real causes of the problems they are trying to solve;
2) they are typically focused on programs rather than results;
3) they resist accountability for failed efforts and often engage in serious denial; and
4) they fail to let the recipients of the so-called assistance develop themselves by helping them develop their own solutions to the problems they face, thus denying them the dignity, respect and empowerment that is appropriate for people created in God's image.
One radio personna, a black man, calls those who accept the public dole and blame others for their lack of prosperity he says; "Victocrats will never succeed and they will make those who use them for political gain among the most prosperous in the world."