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 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.
Current methods and approaches aren’t working. These efforts, that in theory are intended to help the poor, are in practice becoming massive barriers to moving forward.
Jason L. Riley is an Editorial Board Member of The Wall Street Journal, where he has worked since 1994, and a Fox News contributor.
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Jason L. Riley
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