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Book Review: Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

August 12, 2014

Please stop helping us could have also been titled, please stop enabling us, it is an excellent book and I dont think its just a message to White North American liberals but its a message to African-American leftists as well. Editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley uses sharp and to the point statistics to debunk the nonsense yammering about white people being on top always and black people being at the bottom always. Allow me to give you an example of Mr. Riley’s editorial prowess:

“We are in the second decade of the twenty-first century, and a black man has twice been elected president in a country where blacks are only 13 percent of the population. Yet liberals continue to pretend that its still 1965, and that voters must be segregated in order for blacks to win office. Never mind that in 1982 five black candidates from majority-white districts won seats in the North Carolina State House of Representatives. Or that between 1991 and 1997 Gary Franks, a black Republican from Connecticut, represented a congressional district that was 88 percent white. Or that in 1996 Sanford Bishop, a black Democrat from Georgia, easily won reelection to Congress in a district that was only 35 percent black. Or that in 2010 Tim Scott of South Carolina and Allen West of Florida, both black Republicans, were elected to Congress from districts that are overwhelmingly white. Or that Representatives Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Keith Ellison of Minnesota are black Democrats who represent districts that are more than 60 percent white” (page 27).

Mr. Riley reminds us of an important lesson that the Chinese and Japanese have been teaching us all along if we would have only paid attention. Instead of protesting about discrimination this and racism that and how the US bombed them here or invaded them there, oppressed ethnic groups such as in this case, African-Americans, could have not only followed the examples of Booker T. Washington who was saying all along to focus on building businesses and being captains of industry and forget protests and riots, but could have observed how the Japanese got back on their feet from being nuked and how the Chinese got back on their feet from communism, but nobody listened. It was easier to listen to W.E.B. Dubois and his socialist ideals of redistribution of wealth and mass movements demanding this and that.

Forget Manning Marable, who by the way, once told me that since I am not one of his students he could not be bothered by me when I met him briefly in the hallway of the Arthur Schomburg (a dark-skin Puerto Rican) Center for Black Studies in Harlem, New York, if you really want to read truth to power, check this other quote from Mr. Riley:

“One reason that returns on black political investment have been so meager is that black politicians often act in ways that benefit themselves but don’t represent the concerns of most blacks. So in addition to being overly reliant on politicians, blacks typically have poor political representation” (page 30).

We will not name any names, right Chaka Fattah? Isn’t that correct, Donald Webster, Melvin Primas and Wilson Goode? Isn’t that correct State Representative Kenyatta Johnson? I pass by your districts and as I write this the streets are as filthy as they were when you all were first in office and the houses just as vacant as Beirut in 1982.

Isnt it ironic that the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia, a predominantly African-American area historically, prior to being heavily represented by black politicians had a history of being vibrant with African-American businesses and in all of Chaka Fattah and Kenyatta Johnson’s career, that reality has yet to return to the Point Breeze area.

Anybody in the United States of Amnesia remember the protests to keep Wal-Mart out of Harlem? Yeah I didn’t think so, so here is an excerpt from Riley’s book once again speaking truth to power:

“For years, black political leaders in New York City aligned themselves with labor unions to block the construction of a Walmart in a low-income community with persistently high unemployment. According to a Marist poll taken in 2011, 69 percent of blacks in  New York would welcome a Walmart in their neighborhood. Yet these black leaders put the interests of Big Labor, which doesn’t like the retailer’s stance toward unions, ahead of the interests of struggling black people who could use the jobs and low-priced goods” (page 31).

Mr. Riley goes on to share how black politicians such as Obama and others is a triumph of style over substance and it is a sad thing to admit but very true.

Please read this book if you really care about truth and justice and are not some white liberal just trying to placate what you think would otherwise be black anger and resentment and please read this book if you are yet another African-American complaining about the white man this and the white man that. Here is another great excerpt by Jason Riley:

“The black underclass continues to face many challenges, but they have to do with values and habits, not oppression from a manifestly unjust society. Blacks have become their own worst enemy, and liberal leaders do not help matters by blaming self-inflicted wounds on whites or ‘society.’ The notion that racism is holding back blacks as a group, or that better black outcomes cannot be expected until racism has been vanquished, is a dodge. And encouraging blacks to look to politicians to solve their problems does them a disservice” (page 33).

Mr. Ridley cites research done by a Professor Ogbu whose researchers noted that “in classes where most of the kids were black, teachers expected less of the students in terms of homework, even going so far as to de-emphasize its importance” (page 46).

I can relate to the above citation from a personal experience working as a Peer Education Coordinator at Camden High School in Camden, New Jersey many moons ago. I was assigned to grade the grammar copy books of 12th grade, predominantly African-American students and book after book of what I saw made me want to cry. They were spelling the word “math” as “maff” and “reading” as “reedin” and I couldnt believe that teachers had the nerve to have these kids in 12th grade about to graduate high school. They were not ready and these teachers turned a blind eye and didn’t seem to care, but more importantly, looks like their parents didn’t care either. I complained about it to my supervisor and it fell on deaf ears. I left the program.

There is a lot of speaking truth to power, forget Manning Marable, forget Michael Eric Dyson, you need to pick up this book, Please Stop Helping Us by Jason Riley and you can do so by clicking on a copy of his book to the right of this article. Do it, do it now!






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  1. Anthony Taylor permalink

    Your reviews seem great, you seem mad. Mad at blacks, as though you were born with the wrong pigmentation. So far, do I seem ignorant? Far from it, but I don’t spend the time I have on the soapbox attacking my own people. I give back, trying my best, in my own way, to make a difference. I myself was was on the other side of the victimization line. And while I say this, I know in me heart it’s not at all roses and that we have made it to the promise land.
    My wife is white, my children are white, black, and biracial. I care deeply about my people, yet I know I can’t live in and around them if I want me and mine to have the best education, live in security, best hedge my bets against home invasion and theft. All this being said, I will not look angry when I talk about them as though I hate them. They are us, and what are you doing about it? If I take my judgement from the way you sound and look, I’ll be saddened. You are counterproductive if you’re trying to get a message across, which I so wish this is what you’re trying to do. The way you look, I doubt it.
    I’ve had the displeasure of seeing you on Meet The Press twice now, and you really come across as though you’ve made it, and screw them darkies!
    Your reviews seem great, your look seems heavily reverse biased. Are you really trying to make a difference, or, at our expense, make a buck? I shutter. I’m not buying your book, your looks told me not to. I would’ve really liked to use alternative language, really I would have, no I mean REALLY. But I wanted more for you to read this all the way through. #disgustedlooks

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