Russell and Duenes

You Really Should Read This Other Book

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I’m about half way through Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed, by Jason Riley. I got turned on to the author through a regular flyer I get from Hillsdale College called Imprimus, which featured Riley recently. And my recent foray into the life of Lyndon Johnson has also drawn me to issues of race and culture. Please Stop Helping Us is an engaging look at some of the political and cultural trends which appear to stymie the advancement of blacks in our country. As I go through the book, however, it continually strikes me that the reader of this book is likely to be told that reading a book by a black conservative may be fine, but one should really also get himself into some W.E.B. Dubois, Cornell West, Michael Eric Dyson or some such, for another view and some perspective. Yet if one tells others that he is reading Dubois or West instead of Riley, he is not likely to be told, “You know, you ought to get yourself something by Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Larry Elder or Jason Riley for another view and some perspective.” I wonder why that is? I think Riley has some ideas.




Written by Michael Duenes

March 4, 2015 at 7:43 pm

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  1. I would add Ronald Takaki to your list…


    russell and duenes

    March 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    • Any specific books by Takaki you’d recommend?


      russell and duenes

      March 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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