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Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It, Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – August 16, 2010
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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 gives the best description of “the poor” that I have ever encountered. Her solution to poverty is a return to God, personal responsibility, and traditional values. Revitalization and support of the traditional family are important parts of the solution to eliminating poverty. Her solution may not eliminate all poverty, but it will eliminate much more than the current policies that encourage the poor to remain poor.
Parker describes how taxes and regulations harm the poor and Black businesses. She stress the importance of the traditional family and ardently opposes killing unborn babies, abortion. Also, she advocates developing the means to allow freedom of choice in the educational system.
Parker describes the feminist movement and its destructive effects on the family and society. She realizes that it allies with the welfare state in this war to destroy the family and society. However, she fails to see that it is conjoined with the civil rights movement, which was organized and guided by the Communists, in this war. Also, she discusses the destructive effects that abortion has had on Blacks. According to her, federal programs enacted during the Johnson administration and following administrations are primarily responsible for the plight and poverty of Blacks. Moreover, she condemns Black leaders for promoting and supporting these destructive programs.
However, this book does have a few flaws. For example, Parker uses the terms “racist” and “racism” without defining them. So far, I have found 25 different definitions or descriptions of a “racist”; not all of these definitions are compatible. Moreover, she ignores or does not realize that the people behind the civil rights movement, which she favors at least until King’s death, were the same people behind the concomitant welfare state, which she deplores. Like most Americans, she sees King as a demigod instead of the real King, who was a racist, a front man for the Communists, and a womanizer. Also, she ignores the Bible’s support of slavery and segregation. It supports segregation better than it does integration. She believes that the Bible condemns slavery; it does not. Furthermore, she fails to consider genetics and its influence on poverty. She fails to recognize that the Republican leadership is just as statist as the Democratic leadership: The two just have different emphases and a different approach to growing the government. Parker identifies the Democratic party as the culprit behind the genocide of the Black race in America, but she fails to acknowledge the involvement of the Republican party in this genocide. Also, she believes that NAFTA is free trade; obviously she has no idea what free trade is.
Parker does not fit the stereotypical Black mold. She is not politically correct. Her solution would go along way to eliminate poverty and to free Blacks from their masters in Washington. This book is worth reading.
Another one of her books, White Ghetto, is very good as well. Check if out if you liked Uncle Sam's Plantation. Or, if you are still a die hard, true-believer that Socialism is the only "true religion", then you will hate White Ghetto, too. Read it anyway. The truth makes you more angry than lies. Count on it.
Star Parker is the real deal. Godspeed, Sister.
How the government is systematically breaking down the family unit, re-writing good & evil, ignoring ethics and morals and virtues and embracing relativeism and godlessness.
Her arguments and solutions are thoughtful and powerful and would change the not only the black community, but America and the world. Unfortunately, since this book was written years ago, little has changed. Uncle Sam’s Plantation is an equal opportunity enslaver. The war on America is alive and well.
Star Parker joins the ranks of courageous leaders such as Dr. King and Dr. Ben Carson who dare to challenge the status quo. However as she points out, the response by the black community to achievers is often to dismiss them as sellouts and voluntary slaves. This criticism is not so subtle irony from those who themselves are on the Plantation that Ms. Parker has defied. But for someone facing poverty, death and the ghetto it is a logical if not hopeless response.
The solution to the dark state she describes, I believe, is not necessarily in her ideas, powerful as they are. The solution is Ms. Parker herself. It is her story; it is her life. If she is dismissed as a mere aberration, I would submit that she is not alone; not by a long shot. I venture there are thousands surrounded by poverty, death, darkness and hopelessness who have chosen to stay the course and fight. They fight to raise their kids. They take on multiple jobs. They are dads, moms and grandmas. You will find them in church on Sunday, in weekly Bible studies and prayer meetings. Their children are disciplined students, athletes and soldiers. They understand the siren call of the Plantation and they reject it. They, like Star, have chosen to fight rather than surrender. They don't think of themselves as heroes. But they are. They are also hope.
It is these silent heroes who I believe hold the key to the black community and our country. Their testimony cannot be refuted. They are the proof.
The question is how do we celebrate these heroes? How do we get their stories out? How do we hold up their example so that good people can see?
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