Please Stop Helping Us, by Jason L. Riley (Hardcover, 2014)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
This book is an excellent commentary on the stupidity campaign that targets
people who call themselves black. Liberal leaders (who aren't really liberal),
in their usual way of mucking things up by pretending that reality does not
exist, consequences do not follow their actions, and resources are infinite,
have for some reason picked this particular minority to "help."
It's worth noting that "blacks" make up 13% of the USA population while
Italians make up about 6%. I am so grateful that liberals haven't decided to
"help" us descendants of Italian immigrants.
Also, it's worth noting that the n-word once included the Italians who
came to America in the early 20th Century. So despised were my ancestors
that Congress drafted laws aimed at preventing more of us from entering the
Since this book tackles racial issues, let's talk about race briefly.
Race is an arbitrary concept. It has no basis in medical fact, though there
are physical attributes by which people are commonly lumped into a
particular "race." And what about the boundaries? At what point does a
person become white or black? Did you know that Sicilians (my ethnic group)
get sickle cell anemia? It's true, because even though we are required to
check "Caucasian" on the race box our ancestors include the African Moors.
Do your research on the origins of racial classification, and you quickly
find there's no there there. So it's all bull---. As Dr. King said, let us
judge a person by his character not by his skin color.
Obama isn't black
But if we are going to group people as "black" let's at least make it
meaningful. Obama is not "black" and the lie that he is has served as a
shield for his many egregious crimes. The first chapter of this book
actually treats that lie as truth, and I think Mr. Riley erred in doing so.
Some facts to consider:
- Obama's family had no history of slavery (Barry Soteoro, which is
the President's legal name according to his Indonesian passport and
there is no record of his changing it, is a first generation illegal
immigrant whose father was a British subject on another continent).
- Obama has two Ivy League degrees, not exactly a member of the "black
- Obama is a millionaire who has enjoyed many privileges that few
others have enjoyed; not exactly a member of an oppressed class.
- Obama's mother is Irish-America, so if your thinking is so limited
that you have to label everyone by race he is a mulatto not a black.
- Obama does not "talk black", so he's not "one of us" among those who
talk this way.
- Just make a list of ten attributes that apply to a typical "black"
person and you'll see Obama doesn't share a single one of them.
You can look at "black" people who are remarkably successful, such as
Kenneth Chenault at American Express. He has not used "being black" as a
crutch; the man is simply awesome and is good at what he does. Through his
good work, he has made more good-paying jobs available for people regardless
of their race. Many, many such examples exist.
Obama has been the most devastating and destructive president in our
history, with--as Riley correctly pointed out--the fallout hitting "blacks"
Any capitalistic economy depends upon capital for its economic health.
The more capital the government diverts from productive economic use, the
sicker the economy becomes. This is simply how it is.
Both World Wars combined cost us $2 trillion to execute. But in 2012
alone, Obama ran a SIX trillion spending deficit. His administration claimed
it was "only" $1.2 trillion, but the GAO said that when you "apply honest
accounting methods" it was actually $6 trillion. Contrast that to the
deficits of other POTUS in the past 50 years and you see he is way, way way
out there on the spending thing. Clinton had two years of budget surplus, by
Drain capital from the economy this way, and it's the same effect as
massively draining water from a swimming pool. It goes down.
I would have saved the above commentary for last, but since the Obama
issue came up in the first chapter I present that first. This is the only
place where Riley errs. And the error is simply that of using the language
used by the liars and con artists who would have us believe that what's
historic about Obama's Presidency is that a descendent of plantation slaves
is now the POTUS. It's a lie. There are many things historic about Obama's
Presidency, such as increasing the federal debt by 80% in only five years or
doubling the number of people on food stamps, but his being "black" isn't
one of those things.
In later chapters, Riley seems to acknowledge this. Now, let's move on to
the other chapters.
In the second chapter, Riley lays the foundation for his central thesis.
The title of that chapter is "Culture Matters."
People of color who don't feel bound by some arbitrary definition of
themselves decline to accept the self-defeating victim culture in favor of
improving themselves so they can thrive in the larger culture. Back in the
early 1990s, Cleveland mayor Michael White (who happened to be "black") said
on the Breakfast Club radio morning show that blacks need to get college
degrees that would be valuable to employers. He pointed out that a
manufacturer wouldn't have much use for a Black History major, but would
have great use for an Engineering major. A friend of mine who is also
"black" and is an outstandingly excellent engineer, said it was about time a
black leader spoke this common sense.
The reaction from the "black community" was to excoriate Mayor White. The
typical cries of "Uncle Tom" went up and white liberals jumped in to
criticize him. Now, think about this. Saying something that would actually
help blacks got the mayor in trouble with the white liberals in town. This
kind of pathology is what Riley talks about in his book. Understanding
Chapter Two is essential to understanding why every point Riley makes is a
dead accurate ray of sunshine into the darkness of liberal "help" for people
who call themselves black.
Some issues raised
One issue Riley tackles is the racially discriminating college admissions
process that counts being "black" as a plus. But there are only so many
admission seats open, so it's a zero sum game. It's not just blacks and
whites competing for the limited number of slots. Among other questions,
Riley asks why it is somehow "logical" to punish Asian Americans for
something some whites did to some blacks.
Another issue he brings up is this infantilizing of blacks. I find this
reprehensible. The assumption is that because a person is classified as
"black" that person is too inept to handle his/her own affairs. This person
needs "help" through discriminatory practices that tar him/her with a label
of "I made it not on competence and merit but on racial quotas so I'm not as
good the whites I work with." What kind of person thinks it's OK to label
another person this way? It angers me that my enormously talented black
engineer friend might, to those unfamiliar with him or his work, be thought
of this way.
I grew up in an unincorporated township. Some of my playmates were
"black" though I didn't know until many years later that these people were
supposed to be labeled as a different brand of human being. We had dogs who
had puppies that came out in various colors. So the fact my playmates and I
came in various hues just struck me as being no different from the fact they
also came in various heights. Maybe this lack of training in racial
stupidity during my formative years has blinded me to the "need" to identify
and judge individuals based on their skin color.
I've stopped giving the benefit of the doubt to failed liberal programs
and policies that are presumably well-intended. The track record of
profoundly negative consequences followed by a stream of yet more destined
to fail programs and policies tells me that liberal leaders either have a
zero IQ or they are malicious and getting exactly the negative consequences
they intended. I'm giving them credit for at least a moron level of
intelligence, and going with the malicious intention choice.
Their efforts are not well-intended. They are malicious. You don't keep
doing what causes great harm, unless you intend great harm. Or are just too
stupid to know the difference. Our legal system does allow lenience for
people whose IQ falls below a very low level, for example a person who is
legally retarded is exempt from the death penalty in most (or maybe all)
states that have that penalty.
But many liberals hold jobs in academia and in elected office. Are they
going to claim the retard defense? Or will they correct their reprehensible
I think the problem here is not with liberals per se, but with malicious,
hateful people who call themselves liberals and dress what they are doing in
euphemisms and propaganda. The liberals who are "in the laity" often buy the
lie (hook, line, and sinker) based on approval-seeking behavior rather than
thoughtful analysis of the issues and the real facts pertinent to them.
So let's not do any liberal bashing. Instead, we need the rank and file
of the liberal crowd to stop accepting such lunacy as the "help blacks"
programs that are having such devastating consequences. Don't let someone
get by with inflicting this pathology simply because he dresses in sheep's
clothing to falsely wear a label saying "I am one of you" while betraying
every liberal ideal there is.
If you're a liberal, this book is a "must read." I think for all other
people, it's an important work that will leave you informed and able to
correctly see how discrimination is hurting blacks (and others) today under
the guise of "helping" people.
Loud and clear
In the case of "help" for black people (even those who don't call
themselves black), the pathology has gone way too far. It's time to stop the
abuse. Voices like those of Thomas Sowell, whom scholar Paul Rosenberg says
is "the greatest commentator of our time" need to be heard "loud and clear."
Having read this book, I would add the voice of Jason L. Riley to that
list of voices that need to be heard "loud and clear." This book is
well-worth its cover price. It may help America become a civilized society,
or at least one that does not single people out for abuse based on something
as meaningless as what "race" they are labeled as.