From Rage to Responsibility: Black Conservative Jesse Lee Peterson and America Today

From Rage to Responsibility: Black Conservative Jesse Lee Peterson and America Today

From Rage to Responsibility: Black Conservative Jesse Lee Peterson and America Today

From Rage to Responsibility: Black Conservative Jesse Lee Peterson and America Today

Synopsis

Through the prism of Jesse Lee Peterson's fascinating life experience and his history of grassroots community work on the streets of riot-torn South Central Los Angeles, this provocative book takes a critical look at the current civil rights establishment. With a foreword by best-selling ethicist Dennis Prager.

Excerpt

In a society that regularly confuses fame with significance, Jesse Peterson’s significance may not be readily apparent because he does not yet have the fame that he deserves. But this man has touched more souls more deeply than almost any famous person in America today.

That is why I felt so honored when he asked if I would write the foreword to his book, From Rage to Responsibility.

In his daily life, his daily work, and in this book, Jesse Peterson exemplifies two qualities rare in any age, and certainly rare in our own: a passion for truth and extraordinary courage. There are many pages in this book that cry out to be proclaimed to America. As I read the book, particularly those chapters dealing with race, victimhood, and rage, I kept thinking, “I must read this aloud on my radio show.”

If the media anointed Jesse Peterson America’s spokesman on race, replacing those they have thus far anointed, whatever racial tensions America suffers would decrease to the point of virtual nonexistence. For the racial truth of America is beautiful and ugly at the same time. The beautiful truth is that despite pockets of racism, America is essentially the least racist multiethnic society in the world. The ugly truth is that acknowledgement of this would devastate the civil rights movement and decimate the Democratic Party.

Encouraging and defending black rage is the sine qua non of the civil rights movement and the Democratic Party. A black without rage, a happy black American, is less likely to be a liberal black American. If too many black Americans come to be at peace with their society one of our two great parties would have . . .

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