Jason Riley, author of a newly-released book about the economic struggles of the black community in America, recently sat down with financial advisor and radio talk show host Dawn J Bennett to discuss the why blacks continue to experience limited upward mobility.
Riley and Bennett began by noting that the types of liberal policies intended to help African Americans have consistently proven to be ineffective. These government aid programs, many of which have been in place for almost fifty years, have failed to lift a significant percent of this population from poverty. White Americans in poverty continue to gain financial independence and achieve a middle-class existence at a far greater rate than their black counterparts, and Riley believes such has everything to do with a lack of cultural understanding. Riley sees government aid programs that offer guaranteed forms of financial assistance as actually making the black workforce more complacent, weakening an overall willingness to fully engage a mobilized workforce. However, Riley also stated that a portion of this disconnect stems from cultural attitudes held by some in the black community, which politicians couldn’t necessarily address with policy alone.
The aims of government play a part in this economic disparity, too. Left-leaning liberal politics traditionally favor big government, and as Riley implies, an expansive government relies in part on a population dependent upon its services. While Riley doesn’t go so far as to say that a liberal government would intentionally prevent upward mobility in the black community, he does believe they are very much interested in securing the black vote.
The notion that liberal policies are ill-suited to the interests of the black community is a view that Riley believes many others share, even if they are less willing than Riley to admit it.