- Minimum wage laws and other anti-poverty programs have priced many workers out of the labor force. Wage laws that make it more expensive for businesses to hire people hurt less-skilled, less-experienced workers the most. Prior to the implementation of these policies, the rate of Black participation in the labor force the 1940s and 1950s was much higher. In fact, the Black poverty rate fell 40% between 1940 and 1960.
- Affirmative action policies mismatch students with schools, giving racial preferences to students who often lack the academic credentials of their peers. As a result, many minority students ended up dropping out of colleges or moving to easier majors. When California imposed a ban on racial preferences in 1996, Black graduation rates rose by 50%+, illustrating how affirmative action policies limit Black student success.
- Married Black couples have a single-digit poverty rate whereas the poverty rate among Black Americans overall is far higher. The number of two-parent households within the Black population has fallen precipitously, resulting in higher poverty rates.
- Inner city neighborhoods are especially in need of strong schools. Offering educational choice to these children would open doors for success further down the line.
Neither of these prescriptions is new. Conservatives have been promoting them for decades. Hopefully, an increasing number of Black Americans will come to Jason Riley’s conclusion.
Let the discussion begin…