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White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Alarmist, condescending, propagandist, tripe

    I bought this book on my Nook, so sadly I was unable to flip through it first, or I may have been alerted to the bitter and willfully ignorant bent to this book. (The free samples tend to clutter up my library, so I often buy based on the blurb from the details section) Clearly, my mistake. This book was accusatory, racist, and flung statistics around even as it glaringly omitted the other half of nearly every study it sited. Star Parker comes off as a busy body old lady; the one that is holding up the line in the grocery store as she vents her small-minded frustrations to some unfortunate checkout clerk because there's no one at home to listen to her gripe as she hunchs by her window judging the neighbors. Her sarcasm is droll and whiney and her "high and mighty" tone is weedling and ineffectual yet remains thin and mostly uninformative. I really wish I could return this book in public; I feel rather guilty for even encouraging her hate mongering by having bought it when what I was really looking for was not so much a rambling puritanical rant, but an informative book on our steadily widening social gap between the haves and the have-nots that we try so hard to ignore in this country. Oh well, better luck next time.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Rants of an ignorant, illogical author

    The more I read this book, the more my liberal opinions were solidified. Star Parker basically rants in this whole book and uses extremes to try to get her points across. Many times she merely uses "it's against morals" as an argument to why something is bad. She also bashes everybody besides Christians. In one part of the book that ticked me off, she was angry about how people are aborting disabled babies and she says that she enjoys the company of the sweet disabled (which is a good thing), but earlier in the book she claims that handicaps are a group of people who victimize themselves to get benefits. Contradictory right? Yeah, there is a lot of that in this book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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