Item description for White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay by Star Parker...
Overview Much has been said about Bill Cosby's incendiary remarks about urban black culture and its adirty laundry.a But in this provocative book, Star Parker 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 contends, is merely a more sharply focused picture of moral collapse in mainstream America. Covering today's hot-button issues, such as abortion, drug use, and our ever-increasing crime rate, Parker argues that wealth and infrastructure have cushioned the collapse in the 'burbs, but the disease is the same and only waits for the support structures to falter and fracture before ghetto culture hits the family down the street, or in your own house.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595550275 ISBN13 9781595550279 UPC 020049140277
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More About Star Parker
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 becoming a Christian, she returned to college, earned her degree, and launched an urban Christian magazine. Now, she is a frequent lecturer, 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. His Hometown is Los Angeles, California.
Reviews - What do customers think about White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay?
Personal Responsibility Helps But This Book Does Not Aug 17, 2007
This is a book with some important ideas, but it is so badly done that I fear it will not be effective at changing behaviors.
The subtitle is "How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay." Parker claims the problems of the ghetto, broken families, drug abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, bad schools, crime, you name it, are increasing in "middle America" and we can expect the slide to continue unless we repent and change out ways. She supports her claim with various statistics. The first problem is "claim". There are no specific sources in the text, but usually the name of the source of the data. There is a 17 entry bibliography, with no cross references to the text, but all are on the web, so some might be still available. There is also no index. The table of contents is fairly detailed, but many of the titles will not help you find what you are looking for.
I did not try to check any of the claims; some, perhaps most, seemed right but some seemed wrong. There were enough other mistakes in the book to make me suspect the statistics. Some mistakes seemed like sloppy word processing, missing words or changing the wording but not completely eliminating the old wording. Others seemed more serious, mis-attributing a quote, or getting it wrong. In some cases she got the facts of government wrong. Judges do not seek search warrants, they authorize them.
Here is more of her analysis. The cause of many of the problems is a victim attitude, a lack of individual responsibility. That is caused by government and other handouts, such as admission to schools too tough to succeed in. Along the way she attacks homosexuality, abortion, liberals, homosexuality, abortion, the Kelo decision, the ACLU, homosexuality, evolution, abortion, voters (for allowing all this), and homosexuality and abortion. The cure is religion, preferably Christianity. Late in the book, the possibility of a society without the problems she deplores, and with a strong sense of individual responsibility, is dismissed as impossible without religion. The solution is for Christians to stand up for their real beliefs and not treat tolerance as the greatest good and judgment as the worst evil.
Other reviewers have noted that the book seems rambling and disjointed. I suspect that some of the material was originally intended for an opinion column.
There are lots of shades of gray in the world, but there is still black and white. I fear the good in this book will be ignored because of the weaknesses. I expect that much of the criticism will be of the form, "How dare a black person think for herself and even be a conservative."
Deceptive Jul 13, 2007
Not knowing anything about the author, I picked up this book thinking it would be an interesting sociological study in the parallels between two opposite American cultures. Rather all I found was at best, a statement of obvious observations and moral presumptions made by the author on behalf of the reader, and at times based off of clearly distorted facts or quotes. Furthermore it's unfortunate that it appears to use Christianity as its base of morality, when now more than ever both the middle class and the inner city exemplify a much greater religious diversity. Sadly, the book was no where near what I was looking for. Spending half a chapter on sexuality bashing homosexuals deals nothing with suburban or urban culture. Luckily the library will take this book back!
One Star for Star Jan 19, 2007
Wow! This book is utterly ri-donk-ulous. Mistress Parker perpetrates yet another volume of sensationalist punditry upon our poor, brainwashed souls. You know, if her crazy rants weren't so boring, I could at least write this off as feelgood toilet reading. I mean, at least Rosie O'Donnel makes crazy-and-stupid entertaining for the masses. Even Nancy Grace manages to conduct this type of circus act with a little dignity and humor. Honestly, Madame Parker's points and topics are all very compelling, but she's about as convincing and about as appropriate as Al Jolsen in blackface.
An Awesome Book!!! Nov 2, 2006
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!
Con Game May 22, 2006
Star Parker's latest rant shows marked improvement in literary composition compared to her earlier attempts. Despite being a little rambling, it is awash in the current right-wing hot-buttons and assuredly helps her quest for funds from the "better" half of society. Perhaps she had some help in writing this, because I did not find an Ebonic faux pas, such as appeared in "Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats", i.e. "You kiddin, right?".
She's now heavy into the homophobia so dear to fundamentalists. Perhaps gays are taking the bread right off her table, but I'm 73 years old and never witnessed any problems with gay people, or witnessed any gays at all other than a friend's daughter and her partner. According to Star, they are everywhere, and they're nothing but trouble. Moreover, Star claims homosexuality is merely a choice, but I don't recall ever making a CHOICE . . . I liked women from day one. Interestingly, she did not claim homosexual activity among her youthful indiscretions, so Star perhaps didn't need to choose either.
Ms. Parker's asserted cures for the country's economic ills, especially as those ills apply to black America, are what she categorizes under TRUTH, and she's quite willing to pad them with some distortions of economic history (e.g. Reagan cut taxes and spending???). While escaping poverty is difficult, it has a simple formula, according to Star. Regardless of race or origin, if everyone will only adhere to virtues (chastity and fidelity), have faith in Christian values (like hers) and avoid any support from government, everyone will move up from poverty to what has been called the American Dream. Don't you wonder why those blacks in New Orleans hadn't thought of that? Why didn't they simply work in better paying jobs during those intervals between sermons at the neighborhood church? Perhaps they were too busy gorging on welfare supplied caviar to let the idea sink in. Also, they probably were influenced by those nefarious liberal secularists.
As an affirmed liberal (lewd-leftist in Star's lexicon), and a secular Zeaist to boot, I have to question the moral and intellectual authority that this gal poses to us. Both she and I came from honest, decent, lower class families. I went on to higher education on the (liberal) government sponsored GI Bill, started and owned two small but successful businesses and, aside from a few traffic tickets, I never came close to breaking the law.
She, on the other hand, was caught shoplifting, blew up a couple cars owned by her teachers, beat up weaker white kids so she could steal their money, played the old Murphy game with other hoods, took sexual promiscuity to new heights, had four abortions before having a baby fathered by someone other than her boyfriend, etc, etc. She excuses all that now by saying she was a secularist in those days, and hadn't yet found religion. Besides, none of it was her fault, as she earlier wrote "If just one person had said, `Star, what you're doing is wrong.' it might have changed the destiny of my life." What??? She didn't know what she did was wrong????
The certainty with which this expert makes her assertions brings the question: Where does she get her profound wisdom? Is she really all that smart? In her first book, Star mentions that she couldn't understand why anyone would steal her bicycle, while also claiming she didn't have a clue that a shoplifting record could stay with her for the rest of her life. Such naivete is just a smidge this side of stupidity.
But Star is really good at one thing . . . shilling for the conservatives who pay her to spew their hateful and exclusionary notions. She does that by speaking before conservative groups and on radio, as well as publishing stuff like White Ghetto. Also, she formed a non-profit organization (to help others, of course), an organization that will - for a donation of a hundred bucks - send you one of her autographed books. Donations to this organization probably go 100% to and for the unfortunate, and can't possibly be used to provide Star with the luxuries she thinks she deserves.