In his new book, False Black Power?, Jason L. Riley says that the civil-rights movement made a mistake when it choose political advancement over economic opportunity.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Riley explains why the political success of African Americans hasn’t translated into gains in human capital, what black politics should aim to accomplish in the 21st century, and why he put a question mark in his book’s title.

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  1. Profile photo of Leslie Watkins Member

    Also, back when blacks were focused on the development of black culture, the world was introduced to swing and jazz and blues (and, later, rock ‘n’ roll). Today just can’t compete. Riley’s argument is persuasive for all groups. Culture is always the effect as well as the cause.

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    • July 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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  2. Profile photo of George Townsend Member

    Thank God for Jason Riley! I am so glad The Bookmonger had him on. The focus is never on folk like Riley when race comes up. Much of the media always go to the same old hacks who have been delivering the same old bilge for years.

    As I was listening, Jason said the same thing I was just thinking at that moment: Tom Sowell had said the same thing for years. Why in the world would people think that electing somebody who is the same hue as you are would make such a difference? We have been Balkanizing our society for years, and it has led to nothing but trouble.

    Electing the first black president, because he was black, has not helped race relations. It has actually harmed them. Harvard now has a separate graduation ceremony for blacks.

    Unless and until we take the REVEREND, Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream to heart, that is, unless we judge people not be their color but by their character, we are destined to continue the spiraling down of people’s affections for each other.

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    • July 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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