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Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America Paperback – October 2, 2005
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"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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Bennie E. Calloway, III
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Very factual book. Enjoyed reading it and others read it as well.Published 3 days ago by David Lofton
Decent information in the wrong spirit! Lacks wisdom in a number of ways. Inconsistencies between it and the radio show. Listened into the show. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Honest Abe
Title tells it all. Sad because in my opinion these folks could be so helpful if they had a soul and honor.Published 10 months ago by R2S2
Arrived on time! I've read the book, and it is compelling. It explains the scandal and immorality in black communities. Of course, not all of them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David
Very powerful book. Eye-opening. A clear look into the tragic reality of what is really happening to the American black community and how it can change. Rev. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gary Higgins