By Ginni Thomas
Star Parker, a former Democrat who previously "believed all the lies of the left," now decries the division and race-consciousness expanding across America, even after the country elected its first black president.
While America could be more united, Parker says the “perception of racism has become big business” as America’s liberal black leaders “shake down corporations for billions of dollars,” divide America by skin color and reject Dr. Martin Luther King’s goal of making skin color irrelevant.
The "lies of the left" Parker previously believed included “the poor are poor because the wealthy are wealthy, that my problems were somebody else’s fault and that America was racist.” Her beliefs, she says, fueled a reckless lifestyle, including criminal behavior, drugs, sexual activity and welfare dependency. A life-changing Christian conversion gave her a new set of eyes, values and a commitment to wake up others to freedom that are trapped in welfare dependency.
Parker has been an energetic president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) since 1995. She runs the largest nonprofit dedicated to working in disadvantaged communities to infuse alternative conservative policies and values where they are not being heard. Parker is encouraged by the polls that show one-third of blacks share her conservative values.
"They haven't heard from us," she says, with the hope to help additional black communities if more financial support came to organizations like hers.
King’s movement was about removing barriers for opportunity and about “repentance and revival,” Parker says, while today’s radical social justice generation, with the “hard black left,” is focused on “revenge and redistribution.” Groups like Black Lives Matter feed into the perception that racism is everywhere, she explains.
Parker opened up to The Daily Caller News Foundation in an exclusive interview about how too few appreciate the “lonely life” black conservatives lead who challenge the liberal left orthodoxy. Forced to move out of her home recently due to security risks and intensifying hostility and threats for promoting a Biblical worldview, she joins other black conservatives in trying to accept this “new normal.”
She is convinced that when people hear truth, they recognize it. Preventing truth from being heard is why Parker believes the left works so hard to keep conservatives off college campuses and in the public square.
“If you have Christianity, a capitalistic society, and a Constitution that protects your interest,” they work for all Americans, Parker says, including blacks. BLM, she says, is indoctrinating blacks against these American values.
The highly sought-after commentator often compares gold-medal earning gymnast Simone Biles and Michael Brown, shot in Ferguson, Mo. They both started their lives in chaos and dysfunction, Parker says, but had completely different school experiences which altered their life’s trajectory.
When asked about George Soros recently giving $18 billion to left-wing groups to get a tax write-off, Parker decried the level of support she gets from the center-right for the important work she is doing. Signing her correspondence often with “your foot-soldier for freedom,” CURE’s work encompasses media appearances, policy advocacy and connecting with a growing clergy network. Always an optimist, Parker says, “Sometimes it just comes down to needing a capital infusion.”