If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average, and why gang violence affects American Indian youth more than any other group, do not look to history. There is no doubt that white settlers devastated Indian communities in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. But Naomi Schaefer Riley would argue that it is our policies today – denying Indians ownership of their land, refusing them access to the free market and failing to provide the police and legal protections due to them as American citizens – that have turned reservations into small third-world countries in the middle of the richest and freest nation on earth. Riley posits that the tragedy of our Indian policies demands reexamination, not only because they make the lives of millions of American citizens harder and more dangerous, but also because they represent a microcosm of everything that has gone wrong with modern liberalism. These failing policies are the result of decades of politicians and bureaucrats showering a victimized people with money and cultural sensitivity instead of what they truly need – the education, the legal protections, and the autonomy to improve their own situation.
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. Her writings have also been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post among other publications. She appears regularly on FoxNews and FoxBusiness. She is the author of several books, including 'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America (Oxford, 2013) which was named an editor's pick by the New York Times Book Review.
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