Black Leader Uncovers
Modern-Day Civil Rights Scam
by Darryn "Dutch" Martin
A New Visions Commentary
paper published December 2003 by The National Center for Public
Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002,
202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail Project21@nationalcenter.org,
Reprints permitted provided source is credited.
In the early 20th century, black educational
pioneer Booker T. Washington noted: "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.
This passage opens Reverend Jesse Lee
Peterson's new book SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits
Black America. Peterson, the founder and president of the
Los Angeles community assistance organization Brotherhood Organization
of A New Destiny and a member of Project 21, lays into the modern
day civil rights establishment in ways that would make even conservatives
Peterson shows how this "other class
of colored people" profits from black misery and racial
strife just as Washington described almost a century ago. In
exposing these modern black "leaders," Peterson says
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.
A chapter is devoted to the abysmal failure
of the modern NAACP and why it should now be boycotted for being
completely out of step with the needs of black America.
Over 90 percent of black homicides are
committed by other blacks. Instead of addressing the root causes
of black-on-black crime, the NAACP blames gun manufacturers.
The average black public high school graduate, in reality, only
has an eighth-grade education. Yet the NAACP vehemently opposes
helpful school choice options that are overwhelming supported
by black parents.
Over 70 percent of black babies are now
born out of wedlock. Julian Bond and Kweisi Mfume, however, prefer
to tackle more important issues such as the supposed lack of
minorities on popular television shows. Peterson concludes, "If
the NAACP were truly concerned about black issues, it would focus
most of its attention on black-on-black crime, restoring morality
in black men and supporting policies that strengthen black families...
But as these moves would increase the real-world welfare of blacks...
the NAACP wants nothing to do with them."
SCAM notes how the fear of being labeled
a "racist" leaves many whites holding their tongues
when things run amuck in the black community (yet black liberals
have virtual carte blanche to spew all manner of invective).
This fear prevents an honest dialogue about race (take the recent
fallout over Rush Limbaugh's comments about NFL quarterback Donovan
McNabb, for example), and serves the interests of self-appointed
black leaders and their liberal white sympathizers. Peterson
urges whites not to fall prey to such psychological bullying.
Peterson's organization holds an annual
"National Day of Repudiation of Jesse Jackson," so
it's no surprise he saves the lion's share of venom for the self-proclaimed
heir-apparent to Dr. Martin Luther King. Citing investigative
reporter Kenneth Timmerman's best-selling tell-all, Shakedown,
Peterson rips into Jackson like a buzz saw. He also discusses
why he is presently suing Jackson and his associates for an alleged
assault that occurred in December of 2001. Peterson has clearly
not been afraid to publicly challenge the black establishment,
sometimes at considerable risk to his own safety.
SCAM is more than just a stinging indictment
of the modern-day civil rights establishment. It's also a critically
compassionate look at what's really plaguing the black community
- in particular, the plight of the black family - and what can
and must be done to reverse the downward spiral in which many
black men, women and children find themselves.
Peterson's ten-point plan on how the
black community can realize its full potential and achieve true
spiritual freedom is worth of a full-length book in itself.
(Darryn "Dutch" Martin
is a member of the National Advisory Council of the African-American
leadership network Project 21. Comments many be sent to Project21@nationalcenter.org.)
Note: New Visions Commentaries reflect the views of their author,
and not necessarily those of Project 21.
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