Star Parker

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Star Parker
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Born (1956-11-24) November 24, 1956 (age 57)
Moses Lake, Washington
Nationality United States
Occupation Political writer and commentator

Star Parker (born November 24, 1956) is an American syndicated columnist, Republican politician, author, and conservative political activist. In 1995, she founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). In 2010, she was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives in California's 37th District.

Biography[edit]

Parker was born to mostly absent parents and raised in a nonreligious home. She lived in Japan for three years and returned to the U.S., moving to East St. Louis, Illinois, at twelve .[1] She said that after one arrest for shoplifting, her white high school guidance counselor told her "not to worry about it, because I was a 'victim of racism, lashing out at society.'" [2] After attending church at the behest of her friends, she became a Christian and her life turned around.[1] She enrolled in Woodbury University graduating with a degree in marketing.[1] She began advocating for conservative social and political causes. She founded CURE in 1995, and took it on full-time after being laid off from her job as a host on Los Angeles radio station KABC after it was purchased by Disney.[citation needed]

Center for Urban Renewal and Education[edit]

In 1995, Parker founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, later changing its name to the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). Located in Washington, D.C., CURE is a politically conservative organization; Parker serves as its president. CURE "works with black religious and community groups on social policy issues like school choice" and organizes meetings and discussions. [3] The group's mission is to "jump start national dialogue on issues of race and poverty," according to its web site.

Activities[edit]

Parker was formerly a syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service.[4] Her column is carried weekly by newspapers across the country and opinion sites such as Townhall.[5][6]

Views[edit]

Parker opposes many welfare programs, claiming that welfare is similar to an invitation to a government plantation, which creates a situation where those who accept the invitation switch mindsets from "How do I take care of myself?" to "What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?".[7] She believes stable families and strong moral values are the key to ending poverty. She has asserted a moral objection to abortion and claims that rampant abortion has hurt black families. She has also said that she rejects evolutionary biology in favor of Christian creationism and opposes both same-sex marriage and birth control.[8]

Congressional campaign[edit]

In March 2010, Parker announced her candidacy for Congress in California's 37th District, which encompasses most of Long Beach and Compton, as well as Carson, Signal Hill, and parts of other municipalities. She lost the November 2 general election to Democrat Laura Richardson, earning 22.7% of the vote.[9]

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Star Parker, a Courageous Black Voice
  2. ^ Star Parker: A Star Is Reborn | Kyria
  3. ^ Both Sides Court Black Churches In the Battle Over Gay Marriage March 1, 2004 New York Times
  4. ^ "Scripps HowardNews Service Columns". Scripps Howard News Service. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Star Parker Archive". Townhall.com. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Star Parker". Jewish World Review. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Star Parker, Uncle Sam's Plantation, Thomas Nelson, November 2003
  8. ^ Star Parker on The View excerpt
  9. ^ "Star Parker Concedes Bitter Congressional Race," Long Beach Post, November 7, 2011

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