Pimps, Whores and Welfare
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.