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Star Parker

American social policy consultant and commentator, president and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE, which works with inner city families and welfare recipients to promote morality, self-reliance and responsibility), author of Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats (1997)


I went through high school in the late '70's, when in every social environment society was throwing out all of the rules. There were no more absolutes. So I bought into that social message, and my parents did not want to question the decisions I was making. As you recall, Dr. Spock and the rest were teaching our parents "you should give children more leeway." And of the choices available in my life, I chose the easy way, which was downhill.

Mar. 15, 1998 - from an interview published in the Washington Weekly
We have two economic systems working for America: capitalism for the rich and socialism for the poor. The problem with a government that lets both systems operate is that the middle class gets stuck working for the rich to support the poor.

1997 - from Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats
School choice vouchers will indeed help the poor in matters of discipline and character development. I am opposed to charter schools because the government still controls them.

Aug. 4, 1999 - from an open-line chat at townhall.com
The inner city crisis is not racial, but economic, and it is economic because of the breakdown of the black family. Blacks and whites must suppport pro-marriage legislation and look for ways to change the cultural attitude regarding sexual promiscuity. Remember, 70% of our welfare caseload were never married and with children. Black leaders need to address this (but will they ever do it?) and so do white leaders.

Aug. 4, 1999 - from an open-line chat at townhall.com
You cannot win the war on poverty without getting your hands dirty. The grant-and-cash approach make the givers feel good, but keeps their hands clean.

May 10, 2001 - quoted in "Star Parker, a Courageous Black Voice" published by United Press International
... blacks have been convinced that every problem is political in origin and has a government-oriented solution.

May 10, 2001 - quoted in "Star Parker, a Courageous Black Voice" published by United Press International
The welfare state allows people to escape the consequences of their actions. Negative behaviors no longer have consequences, they have safety nets.

May 10, 2001 - quoted in "Star Parker, a Courageous Black Voice" published by United Press International