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.

Please Stop Helping Us lays bare these counterproductive results. People of goodwill want to see more black socioeconomic advancement, but in too many instances the current methods and approaches aren’t working. Acknowledging this is an important first step.

©2014 Jason L. Riley (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By A happy customer on 20-04-18

Thought provoking

There are a lot of stats that may be subject to further research but a very interesting take on a difficult situation.

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By Anonymous User on 24-10-17

much needed views

finally some balance in the debate about racial disparity. look forward to a follow up

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By Ken Larsen on 15-02-15

Required reading

Using substantial empirical evidence, Mr. Riley's advances the thesis, that well meaning white Liberals and profiteering Black activists have harmed, not helped, Blacks starting with President Johnson and the war on poverty.

Whether one holds Liberal or conservative political views, Mr. Riley's arguments are too persuasive to ignore and the consequences of doing so are too serious.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mariana Kramer on 07-02-15

Definitely a conservative viewpoint!

If you are a conservative politically, you will love this book. If you are a liberal or somewhere in between, you will learn some interesting facts. I found it eye opening even if I didn't agree with everything he puts forth. It's filled with information and statistics that he uses to illustrate his beliefs that since the sixties, whites in our country have done harm to poor blacks in the name of helping them to get ahead.
I recommend it as a good read.

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