White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay [NOOK Book]

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Decaying values. Sexually transmitted diseases.

Fatherless homes. Rampant drug use.

These aren't just problems for today's inner cities.

It's the plight of all America.

Much has been said about Bill Cosby's incendiary remarks about urban black culture and its "dirty laundry." But in this provocative book, Star Parker, one of today's most ...

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White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay

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Overview

Decaying values. Sexually transmitted diseases.

Fatherless homes. Rampant drug use.

These aren't just problems for today's inner cities.

It's the plight of all America.

Much has been said about Bill Cosby's incendiary remarks about urban black culture and its "dirty laundry." But in this provocative book, Star Parker, one of today's most controversial commentators, goes even further, proving that urban plight simply reveals a decay that is gnawing its way throughout American society as a whole.

The sexual chaos, values disorientation, and social turmoil we see in our inner cities, Parker argues, is just a magnified reflection of the moral collapse happening all over America: in our schools, our churches, our homes. And this slide toward moral decrepitude is all due to a flagrant dismissal of and assault on America's tried-and-true values.

With startling statistics and disturbing stories about the increasing secularization and criminalization of the middle class, Parker holds a cracked mirror up to suburbia. Taking on tough subjects such as abortion, drug abuse, sexual politics, and religion, she offers a rousing exploration of the raging cultural war-taking you on a wild, eye-opening tour through the White Ghetto.

Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, a nonprofit organization that provides national dialogue on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy. Star is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and the BBC, which reaches 300 million homes worldwide. Her articles and quotes have also appeared in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, and is currently a weekly syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service. Star is the author of Pimps, Whores, and Welfare Brats and Uncle Sam's Plantation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418551834
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 884,794
  • File size: 636 KB

Meet the Author

Star Parker is president and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a nonprofit center that addresses the impact of social politics on America's inner cities and the poor. Prior to her social activism, Parker was a single welfare mother. After turning to Christ, she returned to college, earning her B.S. degree, and then launched an urban Christian magazine. Now, she is a frequent lecturer at colleges and churches, a social policy consultant and media commentator, and a regular guest on national television and radio programs across the country, including Larry King Live, 20/20, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Parker is also a syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service.
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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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    This book speaks truth to power. If you love this Country, if  y

    This book speaks truth to power. If you love this Country, if  you love the people in this country, read this book and anything else by Star Parker.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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