The State Against Blacks

Jason Riley

Jason Riley, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, will give a talk titled, "The State Against Blacks," on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 5:30 p.m., at the Kellogg Center Auditorium.  The talk is free and open to the public.  The lecture is co-sponsored by the LeFrak Forum and Symposium on Science, Reason and Modern Democracy in the Department of Political Science.  

Mr. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he worked for more than 20 years writing opinion pieces on politics, economics, education, immigration and race, among other subjects. He’s also a commentator for Fox News, where he’s appeared for more than a decade, and a frequent public speaker.

After joining the Journal in 1994, he was named a senior editorial page writer in 2000 and a member of the Editorial Board in 2005. In 2008 he published "Let Them In," which argues for a more free-market oriented U.S. immigration policy. His second book, “Please Stop Helping Us,” which is about the track record of government efforts to help the black underclass, was published in 2014. He joined the Manhattan Institute in 2015.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Riley earned a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has also worked for USA Today and the Buffalo News. He lives in suburban New York City with his wife and three children.