Veteran journalist Jason L. Riley to speak at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 06 February 2015

TROY - Veteran journalist Jason L. Riley will address Troy University students in a Manuel Johnson Center for Political Economy-sponsored lecture.

Free and open to the public, Riley's address is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus and will focus on his most recent book, "Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed."

Riley, a Buffalo, N.Y. native, is a member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board and a Fox News contributor. He joined the WSJ staff in 1994. He served the newspaper in several editorial positions, and, in 2000, was named senior editorial page writer. In 2005, he was named to the Editorial Board. He has also worked for "USA Today" and the "Buffalo News."

He completed his undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, majoring in English.

In "Please Stop Helping Us," Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs become massive barriers to moving forward for the poor and poor minorities specifically.

"History, in other words, provides little indication, let alone assur┬Čance, that political success is a prerequisite of upward mobility. The black-white wealth gap has widened under President Obama, and black employment has fallen both in absolute terms and relative to white employment on his watch," said Riley in a piece written for "Forbes Magazine."

"Even so, civil rights leaders today in cahoots with well-meaning liberal elites continue to focus attention on black political power as a means of addressing these outcomes. The reality is that a re-evaluation of such efforts is long overdue," he wrote.