Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats 

by Adrienne Gaines

Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats 
By Star Parker, Pocket Books 

(Simon Schuster), 205 pages, $23, hardback.

In Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats, Star Parker describes her radical transformation from welfare recipient to entrepreneur and outspoken black conservative. Parker relays in detail her wild life, which landed her with five pregnancies in three years and made her a single mother after four abortions. 

Despite her dependence on government assistance, Parker made a living cheating the system and lived comfortably in a Los Angeles apartment outfitted with a Jacuzzi. After she became a Christian, she went back to college, got off welfare and started a Christian magazine. 
Known for her boldness, Parker likens Democrats to pimps and black politicians to whores, blaming them and second-generation welfare recipients for the destruction of black America. 

Parker offers simplistic solutions to key conservative issues such as abortion, school choice and affirmative action, yet she suggests some creative alternatives to welfare. White conservatives may give her a hearty amen, but black conservatives will probably squirm. 

The tough love she recommends for the black community won't win her any popularity contests. Still, Parker provides grass-roots solutions to issues and is worth a listen.