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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; First Edition edition (October 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785263314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785263319
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, often referred to as "the other Jesse," is founder and president of the nonprofit Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), whose purpose is "rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man." He is the author of From Rage to Responsibility, host of a live nationally syndicated radio talk show on Information Radio Network, an individual and family counselor, and a much-sought-after speaker. Peterson is a frequent guest on television and radio programs such as The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and BET Tonight. He is an advisory board member for Project 21, a national black conservative public policy organization, and a board member of the California Christian Coalition.

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199 of 213 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Martin on November 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In the early 20th century, Booker T.Washington had a premonition:
"There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs - partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose their grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."
Sounds like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters, and Louis Farrakhan to me.
Thus opens the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson's new book, "SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America" (WND Books, 2003). Peterson, founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny (BOND) and author of "From Rage to Responsibility," lays into the modern day civil rights establishment in ways that would make even Rush Limbaugh wince. He shows the ways in which this "other class of coloured people" profits from black misery and racial strife just as Booker T. Washington described almost a century ago. In exposing modern day black "leadership" for what it truly is, the author's main thesis is that the problems of the black community are due to a lack of moral character and not racism. In other words, we no longer need leaders - we need change.
Peterson devotes an entire chapter on the abysmal failing of the NAACP and why that organization should be boycotted, showing how "the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization" is completely out of step with the needs of black America.
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107 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 11, 2004
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This is the story you dont hear in the media. If you think that Bill Cosby's recent speeches have any validity then this is the book for you. It has statistics that are absolutely frightening. If you think Bill Cosby's recent speeches are a myth, then this is also the book for you because you have been deceived. I know many Americans who blame their current problems on whites ... this book explains why that view is nonsense.
The out-of wedlock birthrate of black americans is over 70%, yet never a word about this from the NAACP or Mr. Jackson. This book gets a little emotive at times but is backed by many facts and statistics from a man who has been active to live what he preaches. A quick, informative read.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By content_of_character on July 16, 2004
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First off, I am black and proud to be so. Rev. Petersen's book is a breath of fresh air. He exposes black "leadership" as being in it for themselves. The past civil right leaders made sacrifices and weren't concerned about themselves, but looked to the future. Petersen points out how the current "leaders" really put their own self-interests first. My dad taught me that "you don't pull yourself up by putting someone else down" -something these "leaders" have not learned.
He is gives strong evidence for stating that the lack of real leadership by black men is one of the key reasons for the problems in the black community (which unfortunately may be a foreshadowing of general American society). He identifies that racism, though it exists (and frankly will never go away) is not the cause of the black man's plight, but rather used as an excuse for our moral failings. I'm tired of seeing these leaders rush to defend criminals, and define bad behavior as part of "black culture", while putting down blacks who have achieved leadership but have different political views. I always though that a true sign of how black people have advanced is our ability to be believe in different things and respect each others beliefs.
The writing style, while not outstanding, is easy to read. Petersen may seem too repetitive on some points, but many of them need to be repeated. In summary, I think Petersen makes a strong case for not only exposing the hyprocrisy of these "leaders", but showing how we as a people can better improve our lot by first taking responsibility for our own actions, and then working to improve them.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bennie E. Calloway, III on September 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Scam is one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life. Rev. Peterson does a tremendous job in presenting facts and truths about the plight of black Americans that the civil rights establishment is in denial of to keep our people in mental bondage. He challenges the group identity, that all blacks have to believe, vote, and think alike and why we often behave like we do. The standard is biblical morality and personal responsibility. I'm a black pastor, who's Republican, and I've read excerpts of this book while preaching sermons, particularly at Men's Conferences so black men will know that they've been deceived and have been loyal to culture and not to truth. It is the truth that we know that makes us free. Every black person in America who's literate should read this book. It will challenge and change your life where other liberal blacks will not have to do your thinking for you, but you can think for yourself.

Bennie E. Calloway, III

Douglas, Georgia
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