In his new book, Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed, Jason L. Riley takes on race issues occurring in today’s society. He expands on his theories by looking back in history to what worked and what didn’t work. Then he looks at present day initiatives that may be making things worse.
Riley writes, “The civil rights struggles of the mid-twentieth century were liberalism at its best. The efforts culminated in the pass of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed racial discrimination in employment and education and ensured the ability of blacks to register to vote.”
He continues by writing that his intention is not to downplay accomplishments of black leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., or groups such as the Freedom Riders or the NAACP.
Instead, Riley writes, “Rather, my goal is to assess some of the social policy and thinking that arose from the ruins of Jim Crow. Good intentions aside, which efforts have facilitated black advancement, and which efforts have impeded it?”
Unemployment, Education and Culture
Riley covers a number of important issues including chapters titled, “Black Man in the Whitehouse,” “Culture Matters,” “The Enemy Within,” “Mandating Unemployment,” “Educational Freedom,” and “Affirmative Discrimination.”
Riley relates a lot of his own story in this book. He includes how his father moved his family to a white neighborhood and how he himself went to a white school. He also talks about how he was discriminated against by both blacks and whites.
Discrimination is one of those attitudes that are really hard to get rid of because it exists not just between races and ethnic groups; it’s also between the rich and the poor, the young and the old, male and female. It’s out there in almost every form you can think of and more than likely will always exist in some degree.
The current social and economic environments have raised more fears about it than ever before. The government has already heavily regulated against acts of discrimination. Riley’s book offers a view of how some of that regulation may have hurt the situation instead of helping.
Noteworthy Features of “Please Stop Helping Us”
Riley’s writing style will hold the reader’s interest. One of the most important factors of this book is that the author doesn’t just talk about his own theories and opinions; he backs up everything he writes about with historical facts.
By including his own stories of discrimination, he makes the reader feel that he is basing his book on real life facts versus just what he found in the history books. This is an important book to read for anyone concerned with the current day racial uncertainty.
Race issues are heated and often times explosive; it’s been so in past generations and will probably continue to a certain degree in future generations. This book takes a calm and methodical look at the aftermath of some of the decisions made and the repercussions that have occurred.
About the Author Jason L. Riley
Riley is an editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal. He’s worked for the national newspaper since 1994. Riley has written editorials on a number of important issues including politics, economics, education, and race among others. He is also a Fox News contributor. This is his second book. His first was published in 2008 and titled, Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders.
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