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  • By Ron Meyer, Young America's Foundation Spokesman

    "I'll take them both on."

    Star Parker, Young America's Foundation speaker and nationally syndicated columnist, called out Tavis Smiley and Cornel West to a debate on race and poverty at last week's National Conservative Student Conference.

    Smiley, a commentator, and West, an academic, have teamed up to write the book, The Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto,  which pits Americans against each other using class warfare. Star Parker calls the contents of the book "secular socialism," and said she could debate both men at the same time because, "their ideas are the same."

    West is an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Smiley and West have traveled the country on a "Poverty Tour" for the book.

    Parker says the book's purpose is "to separate out black America to keep buying these same lies that they have bought for the last 50 years that have totally destroyed their families, totally destroyed their communities, [and] totally have left their schools in ruins."  

    Campuses across the country hear from West, Smiley, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and other redistributionists on a regular basis, but rarely do these speakers face any opposition. Parker wants students to hear both sides of the spectrum-even if it's an unbalanced debate.

    Young America's Foundation is open to hosting this debate on your campus. Any interested student should email for more information. 


    • Readers' Comments

    • Tell them the truth Star! They hate it when that happens.
      Posted by steve on 08/08/2012
    • Star, I am so proud of you. You can take both of these people on. Only wish I could do more to help you in your efforts. You Rock and keep up the great work.
      Posted by Delina Youngs on 08/08/2012
    • Star the only thing they can do would be to loud talk you. Why they have nothing but the same plan Satan used in the first earth age to draw 1/3 of God's children to him based all on lies because he as the Father say he is the father of it lies. Star i hope this come to be wish i was still in college i would work to promote such an event as this. God bless
      Posted by PERRY on 08/08/2012
    • A debate with West? I am completely for this. However, I do not think you should go about this alone. While it is true that their ideas are intrinsically the same, for tactical reasons, this is advised against because if there is something one person missed in a critique of a statement you made, the other will catch it, thus making your possible margin of error slimmer. So your offensive plan will not be affected, your defensive efforts will have to be much more vigorous. However, if you think you will not make any temporal slips of the tongue or step by step errors, then more power to you. I'll be rooting for you.
      Posted by Adrian Urias on 08/08/2012
    • Aren't they basically doing a "Book Tour"?? West is an an Academic, and therefore, are just pimping their Book on Campuses instead of at Barnes and Noble...Oh, that's right, the Barnes and Noble went "out of business" at the "Brick & Mortar" Mall location. So just like any other "Free Market" venture, they find another location to find Capital, from another money-bearing Venue. Conservative cry's because they don't get as many offers to "speak" for money as often as the more socially liberal speakers do on Campuses, so that "Free Market" is not good because, social Darwinism would not be buying your ideas, in the "Free-Market of Ideas".
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    • Good luck. I despise those puff faces. You are years beyond them and theirs They turn my stomach
      Posted by Lara on 08/09/2012
    • I hope things like this will happen more often (as Star challenges idiots like these guys). One of the traps of socialism is to lie to people about stuff like this, and somebody gotta muffled these lies! All my supports and thoughts and prayer AND confidence that Star definitely will smite them out! What do they know about poverty other than "let us being lazy and let the others take care of us!"???
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