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White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay Hardcover – March 14, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (March 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550279
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Touching on Sex and the City, Snoop Dogg, the National Organization for Women, stem-cell research and "the It's-Natural-To-Be-Gay movement," born-again Parker decries the "radicalized progressive liberalism that has pervaded Middle America and usurped the authority of our founding fathers" in her indictment of all things not hard-line Christian that posits the suburbs are just as rife with immorality as the inner-city. Parker discusses "sexual pandemonium," the dissolution of the traditional family and the concepts of the insanity plea and hate crime (not the existence of the crimes, but the existence of the concept) in an effort to discover "why so many obvious areas of moral breakdown exist throughout the country." No matter what the perceived malady, the cure is simple: the moral alignment of all with Judeo Christian values. Parker may mean well, but her shallow critique will turn off anyone not already in her camp.
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About 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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Star Parker gets a 5 star for this book.
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That is caused by government and other handouts, such as admission to schools too tough to succeed in.
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She even seems racist and is just too old fashion.
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80 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Edwin on April 30, 2006
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The facts and statistics that Star Parker point out in her book are horrifying. The decline in morals coupled with the continuing failure of government programs has resulted in the decay of life in the inner-city. Although this decay of inner-city life is right in America's face, the same decay is happening in suburban Middle America--it is just hidden under wealth and privilege.

The loss of values and morals mixed with the left's obsession at "adopting" the lives of inner-city Americans is a direct cause of misery for these very Americans. Star Parker does a great job at showing this.

Because I am supportive of gay rights and same sex marriage, I found some of the book's rhetoric aimed at homosexuals a bit harsh. HOWEVER, whether or not you are supportive of same sex marriage, it's undeniable that some of the tactics used by proponents of gay rights are dishonest and manipulative. But this same dishonesty is practiced by liberals, democrats, republicans, libertarians, atheists and so-called civil rights leaders and Star Parker does a great job at exposing them all.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Carter on March 24, 2010
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This book will probably shock even the not so average person...it is "enlightening," horrifying, educational and definately a much needed a wakeup call. Many people will not want to to read or agree with such disturbing information and continue to live in denial as to what is happening in our communities, schools and government; hense the continual decline of our moral code in America. There is an agenda and the target is us. In the course of being so busy living our lives and becoming complacent; many of us are just unaware of what is happening around us and the agendas that are being slid under our feet without our knowledge or awarness. If you have a concern for the future welfare of our society, your children and embrace even a moderate to conservative moral code, this is a must read. Thanks Star! I could not put it down and I did not know what I didn't know.
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43 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Dave Pershall on November 2, 2006
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I grew up conservative, but going to college, watching lots of TV and working with teens, I slowly began to wonder if "liberals" could be right in some areas. Isn't helping the poor a good thing, and don't we want to be free to make choices?

Star Parker clearly and boldly shatered the lies that I had begun to believe and has helped me to be more sure than ever of the biblical principles of hard work and Biblical morality. These fondations are the only way for "middle America" to help the poor and at the same time stop our own slide toward imorality and socialism!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ldg on February 3, 2010
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Star Parker gets a 5 star for this book. In our pursuit of happiness we have lost our moral base. Good book on what is wrong with this generation and how we got here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed on August 28, 2012
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I was first introduced to Star Parker via C-Span radio where she was a guest speaker at some event. I was drawn to her directness in identifying the single most factor attributed to the breakdown in America's morality and culture - the breakdown of the American family. This motivated me to want to know more on her observations and findings. So I purchased her book "White Ghetto" via Amazon to gain more insight.
I have to admit, you would think the breakdown on the traditional (father and mother in the same home with children) American family would be the source of America's on-going moral decay. With everyone blaming somebody else for our collective social ills (racism, abortion, gay agenda, etc.) as opposed to starting with the man-in-the-mirror, we are bound to avoid our own personal complicity (silence equates to acceptance). The next factor right behind the crumbling American family is education. As Ms. Parker tells her "White Ghetto" readers "[t]he single most important factor in establishing economic earning power is education, and the single most important factor that drives the educational accomplishment of a child is family". While this book was published in 2006, the statistics on divorce have not gotten any better. And then there is God almighty. The creator of man and woman for the purpose of populating his creation while the creation holds fast to His Word (Bible). Not. And thus America's moral conundrum.
The book is an easy read and solidifies what I already knew to be true. However, I take pleasure in reading the work of like thinkers who hold fast to the truth, unlike the immoral majority.
Cheers to Star Parker on her well written book "White Ghetto". A good read!
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By DarStets on March 14, 2014
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You go girl!! Star Parker should be given a platform to speak so this country hears what she has to say! She's informative with brutal honestly, not willing to pander to political, cultural or racial pressures to conform, but rather tells it like it is. Hmm. Just maybe Ms. Star should be a contender for the position of 1st black woman president!!
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By Lester Roach on December 16, 2013
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Was Very on line and to the point . This auther is very truthful and inlightening Thanks to her !!! Should be mandatory
reading for all Americans.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on August 14, 2012
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This author has solved the problems of the black ghetto's social meltdown the easy conservative way: by ideological rationalizations -- that is to say, by fiat. By positing a theory that puts ideological parameters like God, prayer and attending Church in the driver's seat while throwing the black man under the bus as the perennial scapegoat for American society; and then interpreting the statistical data in such a way that black women never make even a cameo appearance - that is to say, they are never implicated. In this way she is able to drive home her ideologically-based thesis in the normal socially and culturally approved and predetermined way.

Her thesis is that anyway you cut it, it is the lowlife black man who is responsible for the social meltdown in the black community: Their lost souls and non-attachment to God, has led black men down a singularly sinful path, one that practically defines them as a new lost self-destructive spiritual-less species. That, and conspiring with Hollywood, Rappers, and a sexually violent and sexually promiscuous society that embraces homosexuality and same-sex marriage and sexually overly explicit TV shows, somehow has led these evil creatures to begin impregnating black women at a thitherto unknown and unheard of rate?

Then, unlike in most analyses from rightwing advocates, Ms.
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