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

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PREFACE

It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of high maturity to rise to
a level of self-criticism.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Can you remember how you felt in school, after you figured out a math problem, or some other question that had been vexing you? Do you remember how excited you were to finally “get it,” and how badly you wanted to share the answer with your friends, and explain to them how you solved the problem?

Well, that’s how I feel about the issues I discuss in this book. Whether it is black Americans’ attitudes about racism, the difficulties men and women have getting along with each other, abortion, education, immigration or the path back to national greatness, I eagerly want to share with you what I think are helpful and valuable insights.

That is why, after spending ten years doing counseling and grassroots community work with my non-profit black empowerment organization B.O.N.D. (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny)—as well as debating on talkradio and traveling the national lecture circuit—I’ve produced this book. I want to tell you about the personally healing and politically important truths I’ve discovered, in the belief that they will be of practical assistance to you in your life.

But of course whenever anyone tells their own story, there is the danger of dwelling too heavily on minor personal details, of preening like a rock star, and thereby losing sight of what is truly significant and helpful about one’s history.

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