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From Rage to Responsibility: Black Conservative Jesse Lee Peterson and America Today Hardcover – August 1, 2000
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"[Peterson] chronicles the transformation of the civil rights challenges facing America, and points the way out of our racial dilemma."--Dinesh D'Souza
"A powerful and insightful critique of the ideology steadily destroying the American social fabric. From schoolteachers to politicians to parents and pastors, everyone should listen to these important lessons."--Muazzam Gill, The National Educator
"From Rage to Responsibility does what the entire field of American sociology fails to do. It makes the point that traditional values are transformative in themselves and, therefore, the best antidotes to social dysfunction. Peterson knows what the sociologists miss: that black Americans are simply human beings who find themselves, like all human beings, through the structure, struggle, and sacrifice of living by demanding values. This is the story of a man's return to a wisdom he already had. It is an inspiration to read."―Shelby Steele, author of the #1 national bestsellers The Content of Our Character and A Dream Deferred; Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution
"From Rage to Responsibility is more than the story of one man's political odyssey. It chronicles the transformation of the civil rights challenges facing America, and points the way out of our racial dilemma."―Dinesh D'Souza, author of the #1 national bestsellers Illiberal Education and The End of Racism; Senior Fellow, The American Enterprise Institute
"Jesse Lee Peterson knows from his own experience how devastating the absence of fathers has been for black children, and in From Rage to Responsibility he boldly points the way to a loving solution."―Adam Meyerson, Vice-President, The Heritage Foundation
With From Rage to Responsibility, Jesse Lee Peterson offers his dynamic antidote to the failed message of the likes of Farrakhan, Jackson, and Sharpton. It is quite simply a must read. This is the medicine necessary to bring about true racial healing in America, and to lift up those who've been left behind."―Sean Hannity, Co-host, "Hannity and Colmes," Fox News Network Host, WABC Radio, New York City
About the Author
Jesse Lee Peterson is a radio/television talk show host, successful entrepreneur, author, speaker, and the Founder/President of the national non-profit organization, Brotherhood Organ-ization of A New Destiny (B.O.N.D.), whose purpose is â€œRebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man.â€ Mr. Peterson is a board member of the National Grassroots Alliance and is on the advisory board of Project 21. He lives in California.
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This book is organized very simply in seven chapters. The first is a brief historical account dealing with the path Rev. Peterson took to get where he is today. The middle five chapters expound on the "Problems With ...," in order: Race, Men and Women, Abortion, Immigration, and Education. The final chapter tells us what to do to defeat these problems. Each chapter is chock full of statistics (most of which I found rather eye-opening) and anecdotes supporting the author's contention that society (especially black America) is heading in the wrong direction faster than what the media are reporting. He backs up his numbers and quotes with an exhaustive list of reference notes. The overall message: morality has been cast aside, life is being dehumanized, God is forgotten, and no one seems to take responsibility for anything. The tone and viewpoint are decidedly very conservative (Peterson admits as much), and if you lean too far to the [political] left, you might be taken aback if you're sensitive to proselytizing. Still, the topics are worth the consideration, and I have no problem with someone expressing himself this way.
The only shortcoming of this book is the last chapter, which should have had more to say toward altering perspectives, changing attitudes, and re-thinking the way we relate to different generations and ethnicities. Instead of generalities ("focus on the family," "recover the knowledge we once had"), I think a point/counterpoint type of discussion might have been more informative. Still, this book is a good effort from a man who's pretty good at expressing a strong, sincere point of view.
In his no-holds barred observations he holds up the idea that black leaders are exploiting the family problems of black people for review. he quotes many interesting facts about black families and middle class workers that you normally do not hear on the liberal news or from black leaders themselves.
Overall a very interesting read for anyone who would like to analyze the perceptions of blacks and whites about each other in this country. To review some of the reasons behind it and to ponder some potential solutions.