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.

Praise for

Please Stop Helping Us

Please Stop Helping Us by Jason Riley is a much-needed fundamental education on the facts about race in America. It is an honest discussion of race in plain English, without the evasive rhetoric and outright cant that have become the norm in these politically correct times. It packs a lot of facts and a lot of wisdom into 204 pages of very easily understood writing. I cannot think of any book that has said so much in so few pages since Milton Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom back in 1962. This book would be an especially valuable gift for someone who has just graduated from a college that pushes the usual politically correct line on racial issues. A few doses of the truth can work wonders.”

Thomas Sowell

senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust

“From affirmative action to welfare, a devastating examination of the real-life effects of good intentions gone terribly wrong. This thoughtful, lucid, and often restrained account of the wreckage produced by racial politics marks Jason Riley as one of the nation’s rising political writers.”

Charles Krauthammer

nationally syndicated columnist and Fox News commentator

“Boom! A combative, conservative shot to the jaw of liberal dogma about black America. Riley is brash in calling out the phony leaders, the false prophets. He exposes the weak thinking behind so many of the smiling faces with good intentions that lead to bad results for those of us most in need of help.”

Juan Williams

author of Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965 and Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate

“There are people who labor under the impression that the last word on race issues in modern America is work by writers like Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson. Too few understand that after one has sampled them, true enlightenment can come only by also reading work like this book by Jason Riley. The current civil rights orthodoxy is longer on custom than concrete goals. Please Stop Helping Us shows us why.”

John McWhorter

professor of linguistics and Western civilization at Columbia University and author of Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America and Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority

“Jason Riley has written a superb book about government policies that are intended to help blacks, but have instead gone on to injure them with the helping hand. I was particularly taken by the sophistication, scholarly competence, and fresh thinking around these very complex issues. This fine book is a major contribution to our thinking about black socioeconomic progress.”

Robert L. Woodson Sr.

founder and president, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Praise for

Please Stop Helping Us




Please Stop Helping Us by Jason Riley is a much-needed fundamental education on the facts about race in America. It is an honest discussion of race in plain English, without the evasive rhetoric and outright cant that have become the norm in these politically correct times. It packs a lot of facts and a lot of wisdom into 204 pages of very easily understood writing. I cannot think of any book that has said so much in so few pages since Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom back in 1962. This book would be an especially valuable gift for someone who has just graduated from a college that pushes the usual politically correct line on racial issues. A few doses of the truth can work wonders.”

Thomas Sowell

senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust




“From affirmative action to welfare, a devastating examination of the real-life effects of good intentions gone terribly wrong. This thoughtful, lucid, and often restrained account of the wreckage produced by racial politics marks Jason Riley as one of the nation’s rising political writers.”

Charles Krauthammer

nationally syndicated columnist and Fox News
commentator




“Boom! A combative, conservative shot to the jaw of liberal dogma about black America. Riley is brash in calling out the phony leaders, the false prophets. He exposes the weak thinking behind so many of the smiling faces with good intentions that lead to bad results for those of us most in need of help.”

Juan Williams

author of Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965 and Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate




“There are people who labor under the impression that the last word on race issues in modern America is work by writers like Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson. Too few understand that after one has sampled them, true enlightenment can come only by also reading work like this book by Jason Riley. The current civil rights orthodoxy is longer on custom than concrete goals. Please Stop Helping Us shows us why.”

John McWhorter

professor of linguistics and Western civilization at Columbia University and author of Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America and Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority




“Jason Riley has written a superb book about government policies that are intended to help blacks, but have instead gone on to injure them with the helping hand. I was particularly taken by the sophistication, scholarly competence, and fresh thinking around these very complex issues. This fine book is a major contribution to our thinking about black socioeconomic progress.”

Robert L. Woodson Sr.

professor of linguistics and Western civilization at Columbia University and author of founder and president, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise


Jason L. Riley

Jason Riley is an editorial board member at the Wall Street Journal, where he has worked since 1994 writing opinion pieces on politics, economics, education and race, among other subjects. He’s also a commentator for Fox News, where he has appeared for more than a decade and been an official contributor since 2012. In 2008 he published Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders, which argues for a more free-market oriented U.S. immigration policy. He is based in New York.

For publicity inquiries please contact Dean Draznin: dean@drazninpr.com.

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