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. Download and start listening now!