Pimps, Whores, And Welfare Brats

Pimps, Whores, And Welfare Brats

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by Star Parker, Lorenzo Benet, Lorenzo Benet
     
 

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She was a delinquent teenager, mixed up with crime and drugs. In the 1970s, Star Parker came to Los Angeles with a dream of dancing on Soul Train — and ended up an unemployed single mom, barely literate, and living on welfare. But life on county aid was far from impoverished — she was able to lounge in her own jacuzzi, party at Venice Beach, bring

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She was a delinquent teenager, mixed up with crime and drugs. In the 1970s, Star Parker came to Los Angeles with a dream of dancing on Soul Train — and ended up an unemployed single mom, barely literate, and living on welfare. But life on county aid was far from impoverished — she was able to lounge in her own jacuzzi, party at Venice Beach, bring in extra income with under-the-table jobs, and take the system for all it was worth.

It was the power of Christianity that turned her life around. But it was Star's no-excuses attitude of self-empowerment that firmly positioned her on the fast track of conservative politics, speaking out against welfare as the cause of urban America's moral and economic decline — and in favor of taxpayer vouchers for private school education, banning abortion, and condemning condom distribution in public schools. Guided by her faith, Star has broken the "code of silence" among blacks to speak out on:

  • Affirmative action: "What we haven't told our people is that they can start their own businesses. Entrepreneurship works for everybody."
  • Equal opportunity: "Capitalism doesn't have any racial boundaries."
  • The death penalty: "How many murders do we have to read about before we get serious?"
  • Black rage: "Blacks cannot cry racism every time something doesn't go their way."
  • The Los Angeles riots: "After three decades of handouts...they had evolved into a group of government-dependent, out-of-control, racist monsters."
  • Liberalism: "White liberals are afraid. That monster they created in their socialist lab has gone crazy on them....Their liberalism has backfired."

Speaking her mind and taking control of her life, Star Parker has forged a bright future. And while she'll always stir up controversy, there's no disputing that her rise from public assistance to public prominence is proof that the American dream is alive and well — for all of us.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As a young woman from a middle-class African American family, Parker spent her adolescence and youth running on the wild side, joining a gang, blowing up the car of a teacher who displeased her, sleeping around and taking the welfare system for all it was worth, including undergoing four abortions to get supplemental allotments. Eventually, she transformed herself, started a magazine that became a casualty of the post-Rodney King riots, which took a toll on her advertisers, and married a clergyman active in the anti-abortion movement. Part one of her book, written with People magazine correspondent Benet, is mostly autobiographical; in part two, "The Destruction of Black America," she comes out swinging on behalf of her conservative positions. In her lexicon, the pimps are government socialists (read liberal Democrats), the whores are the black leaders who support them (read Jesse Jackson) and the welfare brats are the children raised on government subsidies. Generally speaking, her agenda is that of the far right: changing the welfare system with a view to ending it, opposing abortion and supporting school prayer, school vouchers and a moral reawakening. As a conservative black woman, Parker has had to fight hard and often but is ready to do just that, although this effort is unlikely to convert many pimps. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671534660
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
767,072
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.50(d)

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i picked up the buk and could not read it. the picters are great thouw. i was once a pimp, then a whore. i very much enjoyed both them. great buk!!