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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671534661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671534660
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born-again black conservative Parker puts her political faith on the line in no uncertain terms. Liberal Democrats are pimps, she says, who use black political leaders as whores to seduce black voters into supporting welfare and other policies that have produced a passel of welfare brats (black and white)--permanent dependents on government handouts. Before she presents this analysis, she tells her own fascinating story of descent, after four abortions, into welfare-dependent, unwed motherhood and of rising out of it, thanks to a Christian conversion experience, to become the successful editor-publisher of a community service magazine. That enterprise was destroyed by the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which most of her advertisers' businesses perished. She then launched the Coalition on Urban Affairs, which advocates conservative social policies. With Benet's help, she makes a fast-reading, colorful, entertaining book of her story and opinions. With an introduction and probable on-the-air promotion by Rush Limbaugh, Parker's may become the most popular black conservative testimonial ever. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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161 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Walter on April 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
Very rarely do we open our souls to strangers,but Mrs. Parker has done it and done it beautifully. As a Black man who has livied his entire lifein the Black Community, I can relate to what Mrs. Parker speaks about in her book. Her comments about our Welfare System are right on the money, it makes people LAZY! Sometimes we as Black folk hate when we are confronted with the truth,but while reading this book I'm sure a lot of readers will recognize a lot of people. Like we like to say,"Don't hate the player, hate the game." in other words we all make dumb mistakes. And most of them are made when we're young. I recommend this book highly, especially for young women who think Welfare is the subsitute for your childs father. After trying everything the Devil had to offer, Mrs. Parker found out that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the true ANSWER! To my young sisters buy this book and read it carefully and openly, to my young brothers. Take care of what you lay down and concieve. Remember children do not ask to come here! God Bless you and your's Mrs. Parker.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1999
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I had the privalege of seeing Star Parker speak and then meet her at the Young America's Freedom Conference in San Diego. Her speech, much like her book, was awe-inspiring and wonderful as she tells of her dependancy on the government to living the American dream with house, family, business and God. This book shows what needs to happen in America, yet also warns conservatives of what we need to do to prosper. A must read for any American.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By gogogirl17@aol.com on April 27, 1999
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Star Parker is a invigorating paragon of the conservative movement. Her spirit shows in her wonderful book. She not only gave an account of her welfare life but many of her friends, and it became obvious to me how the system has failed for many years now. She also mentioned the way liberals have only helped the welfare problem by handing out money, decreasing the insentive of people to work. She is a sole believer that we are all Americans regardless of race and should be treated that way. Racism has gone both ways and needs to be stopped. Her ideas are so simple regarding race problems, welfare, etc. I definitely recommend this book not only to learn a bit more about the welfare system but to be reinvigorated in the conservative movement.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1998
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As a Black Conservative successful businessman living in Southern California, I applaud Star Parker's book. We as African Americans can no longer look to the government(and/or Democrats) as our savior. As long as there are laws that protect us from being falsely jailed and/or lynched. We can (and should) compete to attain our life goals in this country regardless of the obsticles. Black America needs to wake up and stop blaming the "Man for keeping us down". As for myself, I am not, and will not, be treated or perceived as a victim. I am where I am today because of parents who cared enough to: 1. stay together 2. sacrifice so that I would have better opportunities 3. instill in me morals and values 4. discipline me to keep me on the right track 5. Teach me about the contributions of my ancestors, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, etc. Kudos to Star Parker and others like her out there in the burgeoning Black Middle Class. A neglected, under served segment (by the Media) of the Black Community that is looking for a political party that refects its views and values. Hey Republicans, get a clue!! Sincerely, L. Poindexter Southern California
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67 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2004
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The only people that wouldn't like this book. are the liberals who can't handle the truth or it coming out. I applaud Starr's effort for exposing the liberal democrats REAL agenda for blacks in this country. Government induced poverty, control and dependance. As a conservative black male, what she writes isn't ground breaking. It did however 100% validate what I knew as being true! If you haven't been exposed to the truth, then for you it WILL be ground breaking!!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1997
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In this book, Star Parker tells how she lived it up while she was on welfare. She had an apartment with a jacuzzi, lived in southern california, went partying every night, got abortions whenever she became pregnant, all at government's expense. Yet she was transformed by a minister. She got off the welfare rolls, raised her children in a wholesome manner, and started her own business. It was a difficult path to take, but she managed to be sucessful. The latter part of the book is full of fascinating political commentary that dispels the myth that if you're a black women you have to be a liberal democrat. A fascinating read
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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful By R. Allen on May 2, 2005
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Ms. Parker's story is a true eye-opener, exposing the tragic consequences of misplaced American compassion whereby people are given fish rather than taught to fish, creating hopeless dependency rather than joyful self-suffiency. This should be required reading.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Walter on April 19, 2000
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Very rarely do we open our souls to outsiders, but Mrs. Parker has done that and she has done it with flair. As a Black man who has livied most of his life in the Black Community, I can relate to Mrs. Parker and some of the things she writes about. I agree one hundred percent with her views on our Welfare System, it truly makes people LAZY! I highly recommend this book for Black Sisters who are enslaved by Welfare, and to my Black brothers handle your business. Take care of what you lie down and concieve. GOD, not drugs not alcohol,not prisons and not fatherless children is the answer.
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