Updated on November 6, 2014
Please Stop Helping US (A Review)
Earlier this summer, in my capacity as President of Open Carry Texas, I traveled down to Houston to meet with “community leaders” of the 5th Ward, an historically black neighborhood.
The purpose of the meeting was to directly address the unjustified criticism that our members were racists. While it is true that many of our members are white, we also have members of every nationality and ethnicity. In fact, the entire purpose for going down there was in response to a Twitter exchange we had in which we were accused of staying away from “black neighborhoods.” We believe that gun rights knows no color, race, creed, religion or any other manufactured “class” of society. We wanted to show that community that we were as diverse as the state of Texas can be.
In fact, it seems like any time I’ve ever criticized someone that happens to be black (or other minority) liberals quickly jump to the racist label. I see it all the time on social media. Don’t support “Obamacare?” Racist. Use the term “Obamacare?” Racist, unless you’re a black person. White cop shoots an unarmed black thug? Racist. Black cop shoots an unarmed white thug? That’s ok. Black cop shoots an unarmed black thug? That’s okay. Black thug shoots black thug? That’s apparently ok too.
With that in mind, I was excited to read a new book by Jason Riley called “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.”
Anyone that’s read this blog for any length of time knows that I’m not a politically correct guy. I don’t see skin color in ANY facet of life in which I’m involved. Such ethnocentrism only promotes bias and prejudice and I won’t have any part in it. I guess you could say I’m more of a cultural relativist in that I believe in assessing people based on merit. I simply treat everyone equally unless I need to treat them differently based on their actions, not their race. You know, that whole MLK “content of character” speech. For that reason, I oppose hate crime legislation. Murder is murder. Assault is assault. All are hate crimes regardless of the ethnicities involved.
But, back to Riley’s book. It’s a book that, quite frankly, couldn’t be written by a white person. It’s a timely book in that racial tensions and accusations of supposed oppression are rearing their ugly heads. Had Riley been a white guy, he would instantly be labeled a racist and the book would lack credibility. However, it just happens that Riley is a black guy…criticizing black culture. Rightfully so.
In Please Stop Helping Us, Riley tackles the the issue of the welfare state and how it keeps the black community down. At a time when liberals are hooting and hollering about raising the minimum wage, Riley explains how this wrong headed approach is also regressing his community. While not mentioning him by name, I pictured Quanell X – the self-professed leader of 5th Ward (even though he doesn’t live there) – as Riley’s muse as he courageously calls out “black leaders” for keeping his people slaves to the system instead of encouraging them to overcome it and rise out of their own misery.
The isn’t just 200 pages of bashing the black community. Riley understands that many of these policies – from affirmative action to soft on crime laws – began with good intentions. He knows that his community doesn’t WANT to wallow in their own misery. However, he holds no bars exposing the liberal policies that prevent that community from overcoming their own weaknesses and building upon their strengths. He breaks down the smiley faced muse of racial politics and replaces it with a common sense, raw and honest assessment of reality facing this community.
Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed is a must-read book for anyone truly concerned about making this country a better and more peacefully diverse place to live in harmony. It should be required reading at our inner-city schools and liberal caucuses across the nation so that we understand our own prejudices and can positively overcome them in way that DOES benefit this community.
Quanell X would be well served to read and heed this book.