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Please Stop Helping Us
Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Walter E. Williams

Posted on 07/30/2014 4:48:13 AM PDT by Kaslin

While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley's new book, "Please Stop Helping Us," I thought about Will Rogers' Prohibition-era observation that "Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls." Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that "one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty. ... You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. You don't have any vigilance about your performance." In my opinion, there appear to be no standards of performance low enough for blacks to lose their loyalty to their black political representatives.

Riley says that between 1970 and 2001, the number of black elected officials skyrocketed from fewer than 1,500 to more than 9,000, but black poverty has remained roughly the same. Between 1940 and 1960, when black political power was virtually nonexistent, the black poverty rate fell from 87 percent to 47 percent. Riley points out that there has been significant achievement among the black middle class but that wide black-white gaps remain with respect to income, educational achievement, unemployment, labor force participation, incarceration rates and other measures. Despite political gains, there have been dramatic reversals in teen unemployment, crime, out-of-wedlock births and family stability. Political power is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for socio-economic progress.

Riley lays out the devastating deal black political leaders and civil rights leaders have made with labor unions, in his aptly named chapter "Mandating Unemployment." Black leaders of the past recognized that labor unions were hostile to the interests of ordinary blacks. Frederick Douglass, in his 1874 essay "The Folly, Tyranny, and Wickedness of Labor Unions," argued that unions were not friends of blacks. W.E.B. Du Bois called unions "the greatest enemy of the black working man." Booker T. Washington also opposed unions because of their adverse impact on blacks.

Today's black leaders have little reservation about giving their support to union policies that harm their constituents. They support minimum wage increases, which have had a devastating impact on black employment, particularly that of teenagers. Recently, black teen unemployment reached 44 percent, but few people realize that during the late 1940s, before rapid minimum wage escalation, it was less than 10 percent and lower than white teen unemployment. Black leaders also give their support to a super-minimum wage law known as the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931. The legislative history of Davis-Bacon makes clear that its union and congressional supporters sought to eliminate black employment in the construction trades.

Riley's "Educational Freedom" chapter details the sorry story of black education. Between 1970 and today, educational spending has tripled and the school workforce has doubled, far outpacing student enrollment. Despite these massive increases in resources, black academic achievement is a national disgrace. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the nation's report card, black 17-year-olds score at the same level as white 13-year-olds in reading and math. White 13-year-olds score higher than black 17-year-olds in science.

A number of studies show that black students who attend private and charter schools do far better than their peers in public schools. If there were greater parental choice, through educational vouchers, black achievement would be higher. However, teachers unions see school choice as a threat to their monopoly, and virtually every black politician, including the president, backs the teachers unions.

At an 1865 gathering of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Douglass said everybody had asked, "What should we do with the Negro?" Douglass said: "I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us." Later on, Washington explained, "It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of these privileges." It's the abandonment of these visions that accounts for the many problems of today that Riley's book does a masterful job of explaining.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: blackcommunity; educationandschools; governmentmeddling

1 posted on 07/30/2014 4:48:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Heartbreaking


2 posted on 07/30/2014 4:52:16 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin

In my humble opinion, blacks have dug their own graves. First, they do not surrender the stupid notion that getting an education is “acting white” so they are unprepared for many available jobs. Having kept themselves skill-free, they lose out to the trespassers from Central America who will work for pennies just so no one turns them in to ICE. Next, they insist on listening to “black leaders” who have done absolutely nothing to relieve black poverty across the board, preferring to enrich only themselves. Third, they trap themselves into welfare payments and living in unsavory neighborhoods where the only upward mobility comes from dealing drugs, thinking that the thug lifestyle is the way to go.


3 posted on 07/30/2014 5:00:44 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: NRA1995

You can lead a horse to water, . . .


4 posted on 07/30/2014 5:13:38 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.)
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To: Kaslin

Full circle -— Yep yep yep -— bozo said Republicans ride in the back of the ‘car’ if they want to come along.
His mythical apparition of himzelf (obonzo) wheeling along out of the ‘ditch’ (everythings good) requires others involvement in lie’s and deception. There you go again with inflation, unemployment rates, Benghazi, IRS, VA, border weakness, Israel, entitlement spending, vote integrity, immigration gifting, global warming, gitmo ...
Distract and obfusicate.
Need a big broom clean house get rid of them all including the bureaucrats blinded or puppeted.


5 posted on 07/30/2014 5:31:23 AM PDT by Recompennation (Constitutional protection for all not ju st selectively for Democrats.)
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To: NRA1995
First they do not surrender the stupid notion that getting an education is "acting white"

That seems to be true for the black underclass thug culture and those who live by it. But for a lot of blacks, it's just the opposite. They're told that to get ahead they have to get an education and constantly take more courses and get more degrees. They end up suckered into education debts they can never pay off. Bringing vocational training back into the high schools, so students graduated with a job skill and no debt, would go a long way toward solving the problem. So would making it easier to start and grow individual and small businesses.

How many times has Obama said everyone should be given all the loans they need to go to college? He's such a tool of the elite, advocating plans that keep blacks in debt slavery.

6 posted on 07/30/2014 5:40:25 AM PDT by grania
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To: Kaslin

The most vicious acts against blacks today are committed by Democrats who support, defend, laud, and encourage those who are proclaimed as the “leaders” and “spokesmen” of the Black population. There is NO need to name the “leaders” who lead their own people down to where they are today.
May one ask, what other “people” in the USA have such a collection of “leaders”? Leaders who make their lucrative fortunes doing what they can to keep their own people further down than they already are? What other group of “leaders” know they they, the leaders, would be socially and financially devastated if the “people” were raised to the level of fellow Americans.
The only hope for the BLACK citizenry is the increasing number of people like Mr. Williams and other emerging voices.
The next book, “Want to help me? Good..DON’T help me!”


7 posted on 07/30/2014 5:52:51 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: NRA1995

Why is it that only this one group insists on the herd mentality? I’ve never observed other groups so deeply entrenched & dogmatic about “sticking together” on the issues, whatever they may be. If you dare wander off from the herd, you are branded and labeled a “tom”.

Whites, Hispanics, and Asians aren’t like this, so what gives?

I’m still debating which group is more self-destructive (and destructive to others):

Muslims or blacks?


8 posted on 07/30/2014 5:54:29 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Read an article a couple days ago where a “black community activist” was saying that black youth are violent and dysfunctional because “they don’t know who they are or where they come from.”


9 posted on 07/31/2014 6:06:28 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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We can say the same thing about every single person that’s been adopted. Yet, most of them aren’t violent stains on society.

Some folks just love to be victims.


10 posted on 07/31/2014 6:19:35 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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