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Why Has The Racial Wealth Gap Persisted 50 Years After The Civil Rights Act?

Star Parker is a a syndicated columnist, Republican politician, activist, and author. Parker began her advocacy of conservative social and political causes after graduating from Woodbury University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business and after spending several years dependent on government assistance.

She founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)  in 1995.  The organization is a 501c3 think tank that takes an in-depth look at how market based public policy can help fight poverty.

Parker’s experiences with poverty have given her a unique perspective as a social policy consultant and allows her to bring a distinct energy to policy discussions regarding traditional economic perspectives, limited government, and private ownership.

Parker shares her perspective by regularly testifying before Congress and also by appearing on radio and television.  In addition, she has written three books including “Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats: From Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger,” “Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It,” and “White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay.”

Parker has also given more than 180 lectures at colleges and universities across the country, served on multiple advisory boards, spoken at the 1996 Republican National Convention, and helped produce an affirmative action documentary with BBC.  She currently appears as a regular commentator on CNN, TBN, CNBC, CBN, and Fox News and is a syndicated columnist for Scripps News Service.

In the following video, Parker holds a panel discussion regarding the racial wealth gap that shows that blacks have made little economic progress since the signing of the Civil Rights Act more than 50 years ago.  The panel discusses the factors that contribute to the black economic plight as well as what can be done do improve it.  One of the factors Parker believes can make a huge difference is the use of personal retirement accounts.  To learn more, watch below.

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  1. Some federal judges have also been causes of wealth gap between Blacks and Whites. I have been following 7th decisions for a long time now. I have come to conclusion their decisions are racially motivated and thus enable employers both in government and private sectors continue to discriminate against Blacks. These Republican appointed judges usually don’t want to see employers punished for discriminating against Blacks. Their belief is so primitive and distorted by the way they were raised-Blacks are intellectually inferior to Whites. I believe some may belong to KKK groups. Income gapes will not be wiped out if racial discrimination is not be wiped out. The republican appointed judges at 7th Circuit still continue to enable employers to discriminate against Blacks. Thank God we have a racially balanced Supreme Court!

  2. "WE SHALL OVER COME,DID WE"?

    How many remember the song "We Shall Over Come"?It was the song sung by MLK and those who stood with him during the civil rights movement in the 60's.This song was spiritually inspirational for those who were committed to overcome civil injustice,racial inequality,poverty,etc.This song was sung as rocks were thrown,dogs attacking,police beatings of marchers determined to overcome being treated less than human.Some marchers even lost their lives.Black folks had enough and were unconditionally committed to the movement to change their conditions & status in America.As a child I watched what was happening on TV and listened to the radio to the beginning of change for the oppressed citizens of America.The process had begun,no more sitting in the back of the bus.No more suppression of voting rights.Children of color could attend schools who's policies forbid them from attending."We Shall Over Come",yes we were hopeful ,people of color were making progress towards equality.Then came the assassinations of prominent Black leaders,MLK,Malcolm X and others.This slowed the progression of the "Peoples Movement",the singing seem to stop,the progress that was made was not being nurtured.Complacency seemed to set in by the people through the following years.Did some of us believed that we had arrived in society?Had we forgotten about what sacrifices were made for us,had we lost our way?How did we allow our self respect & pride,our love for one another slip away.What happened to us through the years,maybe it was the "Heroin & Crack epidemic.That swept through communities of color,leaving devastation & death.Has our courage been depleted through the years.It is now 2014,the era of "Sex & Violence.The biggest "Crisis" in America today is "Gun Violence".This is the scourge & plague in America's communities of color.There's a aura of hopelessness coming from people of color today.Remember those who had less than nothing that started the process of change,though today people of color have more.Reality is we still have nothing as a people.No empowerment,no Unity,no real family structure or moral fiber.Children of color killing one another.Our passion to stand for what is right has diminished.We complain on our knees,still we won't stand up for our children.Today we must "Overcome" ourselves,because we've allowed ourselves to forget.Living in denial about how we have a part in what has happened to us.In order to start the process,we have to be willing to be forthright in being diligent,accepting criticism from naysayers.Our children's lives are in peril.We can no longer afford to stand by and let them kill each other.Time for a new "Peoples Movement",still first we must "Overcome" ourselves.Then perhaps by God's will,we will begin to sing our battle cry "We Shall Over Come" in the process to save our children's lives and restore hope…….No Violence-Know Peace!

  3. "COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS WE CAN"
    "SERENITY PRAYER"

    God grant us the Courage to change the things we can change,the Serenity to accept those we cannot change and the Wisdom to know the difference.Still God,grant us the Courage not give up on what we think is right,even though we think it is hopeless!

    "EMPOWERMENT"

    Why do Black folk refuse to empower themselves,when they can by willingness & action.Boycotts of major stores that have racial profiling policies.Can empower Black folk,we are America's biggest consumers.This is a major power that we are not using.Corporate America needs the Black dollar in order to continue to get rich,get it!If Black folk want change in their children's education,then we need to show up at PTA meetings and voice what we want for our children.Instead of accepting what is given.Stop making excuses.Education is what our children need for their future,in order to be productive members of society.It is imperative that parents have a say so about their education,this is more empowerment Black folks.Now the racial issue,according to some of the "Conscious community",Black folk can't empower themselves due to racism.Some even promote racial tensions,which will not be productive for Black folk.Racism isn't going anywhere,so if your not use to it,get use to it.Don't allow it to be a convenient excuse not to empower yourselves Black folk.Empowerment in Black communities can happen by believing that it can happen.It's time to start with the simple word "No".No we will not allow guns to be flooded into our communities.No to the gentrification of our communities.No to living in fear and under siege due the "Plague of Gun Violence",in the community.No to those who try to stop our empowerment.Economic empowerment can be achieved by forming coalitions.Taking the Black dollar and keeping it in the Black communities,by way of planning and execution.Black folk have more assets and resources than realized,that are not being used to empower ourselves.These are simple solutions believe it or not.Just need to ask yourselves have we had "Enough"?President Obama is only going to be in office until 2016,Black folks's time is now.Stop listening to the naysayers,they don't have our best interest at heart.Even though they look like us.We must promote our own empowerment in order to change our conditions & status in society.I don't have all the ideas & solutions,still those that I've given will work. So as Arsenio Hall says Black folk "Lets Get Busy"………………………..No Violence-Know Peace!
    Posted by *ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!**Save Our Children!*

  4. They talk about starting businesses. My experience is that many Blacks do not seek out Black businesses. Jews mostly only spend their money with other Jews. So why are there so few Black owned stores in Harlem? Who will go out of their way to spend their money with a Black merchant?

  5. This is a misguided program that has no relevant to building wealth in the black community. How are you going to compete in a race with someone and they are already at the finish line? We, African Americans need to be focusing on building wealth for self and not concern with closing an impossible gap that has over 400 years in the making. I am appalled at the misguided black leadership ignorance to understand the true agenda of the black community. Click on https://www.facebook.com/groups/AAERTT/; Read the A 2014 State of Emergency Final Draft revised.pdf on the first page pinned post. No more excuses and poor leadership, the time is now for implementation and African Americans succeeding again in America. Black Wall Street and over sixty prospers township burned down by prejudices and jealous racist white and Zionism.

  6. Black people, African Americans, Negroes or whatever identity you prefer, the message is the same, “Collectively, We are the only people in America that buy what we want and beg for what we need for self, family and community”. What is really pathetic is that we are asking the same people we (black leaders) claimed are oppressing our positive progressive growth in America, de white man.

    Insanity by designed has become the norm among black leadership on the Congressional, State and Local level. Black Leaders across America has learned how to use their constituents to achieve an upper middle class lifestyle for self (pension plan) and close friends (stable government positions). The blame game when the cameras are rolling; begging for Jobs, quality education, voting rights, decreasing crime, improving infrastructure and asking the white man to lock-up our youth. The great hoodwinking by Black Leaders perpetuated against us (playing the race card) because of our ignorance as a people, while they're taking chicken sandwiches and red Kool-Aid (Corporate payoff for Galas, conventions and Award Shows that awards black entertainers and sport figures, personal trips, College tuitions for their children or grandchildren, campaign donations to advocate or vote for corporation agenda) out the back doors for self and family. Then adding insult to the betrayal behind closed doors blaming the underserved or less fortunate blacks for the blighted conditions that devastates their quality of life.

    Every ten years another nationality comes to America set-up shops and businesses in our communities, take the money out of our communities, educate their kids through college, down payment on their children home, invest in their children businesses and still have enough money to send back to their families in their motherland. Why is it so hard for the black communities to do the same? Answer, self-absorbed leadership achieving politic office due to ignorance in the black community and corporation money especially on the state and congressional level.

    We can’t blame that on slavery, Jim Crow, Integration or the white man. We can blame that totally on the black leadership. Since the Post Civil Rights Era, Black leadership has failed to set an agenda to decrease ignorance in our communities nationwide. The only agenda black leadership has successfully achieve is forming a boule (classism) lifestyle for self on the backs of their constituents. They achieve that by catering to the needs of white Democrats and Republicans.

    Across the board the African Americans must vote for new leadership and their interests in their communities not party. We must not allow race to force us to vote for black politicians anymore. We need compassionate leaders that understand and an advocate for our concerns, needs and wants. The only way to achieve that transformational paradigm shift is through self-education for adult and demanding African history in education from Pre-K through middle school. The only true reparation for African Americans in America is Self-education, Self-reliance and African history in education, in the home, in the churches and communities.

    Present Black leaders, lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stanley-Doc-Scott/417685324989803?

  7. I am very familiar with this right wing fanatical paid African liar. Put Parker in the same category as Ben Carson, Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Clarence Thomas and other blacks who hates their color, and will say or do anything for a buck. Parker is a fixture on FAUX so called news because everything she says and stand for caters to what FAUX is promoting. FOX is a hate news media and will put anyone on who will say something negative about blacks especially when they can find an Allen West or Star Parker who are black in color only. When is the last time you have seen a positive Black on FAUX who was allowed to express their opinion without the host interrupting them and not letting them complete their positive opinion? For a black to get on FAUX they have to hate President Obama or hate their own race, just ask the people who are employed by Project 21 and are consistently on FAUX.

  8. Thanks. I did not know people are noticing that Dr. Carson hates his color and Blacks. Actually he does not brush his teeth. But you forgot the following as haters of Blacks: Allen West, Allen Keyes, Michael Steele, Deneen Borelli at FoxNews and Herman Cain.

  9. 400 years of generational wealth transfers in white families vs 2 generations of some black families even being able to start from scratch to accumulate any assets at all. My God, it's pretty obvious.

  10. The Black man has a problem with the Black woman trying to be his ruler. This is why families can not survive. She takes every opportunity to use the legal system to oppress the Black man. The Black woman want to be the boss even when she has no experience. She finds it hard to be #2 and is always looking for an opportunity to one up her man, until he is finally out the door. There are too many bitter babes advising their daughters and friends in relationship matters. How can perpetually single women advise anyone to be successful in relationships. The group mentality of the blind leading the blind should be laid to rest. Generations of single moms will not produce good wives without a serious shift in their thought process.

  11. The answer is so obvious, but so revolutionary that it is incomprehensible to most of us. We are dealing with a spiritual problem that requires a spiritual solution. Among the blacks of America is the true Israelites or Hebrews. Tons of articles, books, YouTube clips and even street corner brothers with bull horns are attempting to penetrate the brainwashing most of us have been conditioned by.

    For those of a spiritual bent, I would suggest reading Deuteronomy 28:15-68 and pay close attention to the detailed and graphic description of a unique form of slavery experienced by only one group of people – the enslaved Africans brought to these shores and us, their descendants.

    Check it out for yourself. These prophecies were written almost 3,500 years ago, yet describe EXACTLY what we have experienced here in America. In fact, this article documents those same prophecies – that we would be poor, cheated, defrauded, and will never have anything because everything we work hard for will wind up in our oppressors hands. Again, do not believe a word of this. Read it for yourself and then begin your personal journey of enlightenment Hebrew family. Shalom.

  12. Hotep,

    Please, Please, Please stop giving these sick, black culture hating negroes a place to express this madness. These negroes only talk about the social problems but never have the courage to deal with our number one barrier to material advancement-white supremacy. They always talk about getting rid of safety net programs and affirmative action programs that they themselves have benefited from while failing to provide proven and valid solutions. It sickens me to the stomach when I encounter these kinds of sellouts. It looks like the Willie Lynch mentality and the desire for the benefits of meritorious manumission is alive and well. Black wealth disparity has nothing to do with lack of work ethic or lack of family values and everything to do with historical disfranchisement and discrimination. Any group that had been systematically scorned, enslaved, lynched, under-educated, terrorized, and excluded from the benefits of the society that they were born into, such as Afrikans in America, will manifest similar symptoms. The miracle is that we have been able to even survive at all given our past and current struggles and barriers.

  13. This conversation starts with a silly premise. A so-called race of people who over 250 years worked and built this country for free as slaves have no work ethic? The descendents of this same group are now to be compared to the descendents of those who profited from that free labor? Silly comparison. The numbers don't even sound logical. Average net worth of "blacks" $4k with average income of $30k while the average "white" net worth is $100k with average income of $55k. Go back to math class these numbers make no sense. These corporate "blacks" are the same ones who despised Hip Hop for the past 40 years while it created a multi-trillion dollar industry of products and services recognized around the World. Everybody on this panel can fuck right off! Clown ass people pimping their so-called race on the Glen Beck show, getting paid to down talk "blacks". Don't believe this bullshit.

  14. This conversation starts with a silly premise. A so-called race of people who over 250 years worked and built this country for free as slaves have no work ethic? The descendents of this same group are now to be compared to the descendents of those who profited from that free labor? Silly comparison. The numbers don't even sound logical. Average net worth of "blacks" $4k with average income of $30k while the average "white" net worth is $100k with average income of $55k. Go back to math class these numbers make no sense. These corporate "blacks" are the same ones who despised Hip Hop for the past 40 years while it created a multi-trillion dollar industry of products and services recognized around the World. Everybody on this panel can fuck right off! Clown ass people pimping their so-called race on the Glen Beck show, getting paid to down talk "blacks". Don't believe this bullshit.

  15. This conversation starts with a silly premise. A so-called race of people who over 250 years worked and built this country for free as slaves have no work ethic? The descendents of this same group are now to be compared to the descendents of those who profited from that free labor? Silly comparison. The numbers don't even sound logical. Average net worth of "blacks" $4k with average income of $30k while the average "white" net worth is $100k with average income of $55k. Go back to math class these numbers make no sense. These corporate "blacks" are the same ones who despised Hip Hop for the past 40 years while it created a multi-trillion dollar industry of products and services recognized around the World. Everybody on this panel can fuck right off! Clown ass people pimping their so-called race on the Glen Beck show, getting paid to down talk "blacks". Don't believe this bullshit.

  16. Curtis,
    You nailed it!

  17. Read the book – Deuteronomy 28-15-68. Get back to the laws of the “MOST HIGH. Built a community with laws, respect, no liquor stores, pork, drugs, gangs & rape. Change will come- submit to YHWH

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  20. So, to you, hip hop is serving the black community. You sitting there proud of hip hop making "trillions" of dollars and yet black people are still poor. What have these artists contributed to the black community. Most of that hip hop money goes to white communities and white families. Plus, a lot of these hip hop artists are BROKE. Is that progress? Is that something to cheer for? You wanna find out how to uplift the black community you better listen to these "uncle tom's" because they're making it in America. If you want to be a millionaire are you going to listen to a homeless man. If you want to go to Harvard are you going to listen to a high school dropout???????? No, you're going to listen to the person who went to Harvard. That is what is wrong with the black community, everyone who disagrees with you is an uncle tom even when they have valid information to share. You have nothing valid to add on how to uplift the black community, except how hip-hop has made trillions of dollars and yet you're not benefiting from any of that. We need to get away from this groupthink that is plaguing the community, where anyone who doesn't think in the same way is an uncle Tom. Great article on how this groupthink hurts the black community http://blackcapitaltoday.com/welfare/

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