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Please Stop Helping Us Review

I was recently at the bookstore and came across this book “Please Stop Helping Us”. The title caught my eye. The author of the book is Jason L. Riley. Jason is an editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal and a Fox News contributor. From looking at the cover and briefly reading the introduction, it appears that the book is about blacks having a harder time succeeding in life due to liberals. I next looked at the table of contents. There were only 5 chapters in the book and the entire book only contained 184 pages. I could read this book in a very short time. I decided to buy the book. When I arrived home I sat down with a bowl of fruit and started to read this book. Approximately 3 hours later I had finished reading the book. I can truly say that it was an eye opener for me.

It was obvious from the beginning that Jason Riley conducted extensive research on this topic. Riley makes a strong case that various programs that are supposed to help poor black people actually hurt them. Riley mentions minimum wage laws, affirmative action, welfare transfer payments and antipathy to school vouchers as examples. Riley also exposes the disservice that blacks leaders, liberal elites, and media progressives are inflicting on generations of black youth in the name of helping them. Riley also explains how the black community has been short changed by the very leaders who claim to fight on their behalf. Riley gives actual facts proving these claims. Riley talks about how some blacks unfortunately despise intellectual activity and hold in high esteem the gangsta hip-hop culture. He gives the example of how Kareem Abdul Jabbar when he was in school could pick up a book, read it out loud, pronounce the words with proper inflection and actually know what they meant. When the nuns in his catholic school found this out they gave him a lot of attention. Unfortunately when his classmates found this out, he became a target. I unfortunately see the truth in this as other blacks that are considered intellectuals like Bill Cosby and Dr. Ben Carson are often called “sell-outs” and “Uncle Tom’s” for their positions. One key point that stood out to me was when Riley talked about how many in the black community will often say “It's not our fault, it's white racism” that’s holding back the progress of African-Americans. He proves that this isn’t a true statement by giving the example of how black crime is higher in cities where the Mayor and the Police Chief are both black. He goes into detail to expose how racism has nothing to do with the high crime rates in those cities.

Riley believes that all isn’t lost. He writes that political power is the path to black improvement along with more school choice for urban African American parents and their children. African Americans need to vote more instead of complaining about political leaders and that fathers need to step up and become leaders not only in the home, but in the community as well. After reading this I agreed that there is hope for the African American community.

Jason L. Riley is very passionate about this topic. He writes from a conservative point of view, which can be refreshing at times. I would say that this is an extremely well written book. It is a book that I recommend all blacks, and especially black leaders, to read. It will definitely cause you to think and consider other points of view; something many individuals simple won’t do.


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