My sister, Jennifer Gratz, who fought the good fight against affirmative action here in Michigan.
Now, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson in Okemos, MI. After listening to him I have a different opinion of him all together.
For a long time I thought Jesse Lee Peterson was political. While he speaks on political issues his passion is rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man. He is a staunch supporter of fathers being in the home through his organization BOND.
While Rev. Peterson was talking and taking questions from a mostly white audience, a black gentleman stood up and agreed on most of the issues that Rev. Peterson was talking about. However, said something very interesting. The man said when he went to a Romney for President event in Lansing and saw who was in the room he felt that he was in a Ku Klux Klan meeting.
Rev. Peterson then told the gentleman that if he ever wanted to see change that he needed to concentrate on changing himself by not listening to the voice that steers most of us off the right path. Once people began to see themselves other than black, white or brown they will began to accept each other.
For me, I feel comfortable in a room of white people at any event. I am not there to seek acceptance. Normally, I am there to listen and learn about the subject that's at task. For example, I am part of the New Centurion Program for Conservatives that meet every month. The first meeting I was the only Black person in the room. Not one time did I allow my race or insecurities bother me. In fact, I did not see race but I saw people who were there for a common cause.....to build better conservatives for a better community.
We have to train ourselves as black people to let go of our fear of other people that do not look like us. Racism is a condition that has plagued our community and families for far too long. We do not even have to look at other white people for racism because we STILL practice racism among ourselves after 400 years.
Another point that Rev. Peterson pointed out was the importance of personal responsibility. He spoke on how it was a waste of time to seek another Black leader when most of our leadership in our community has failed us time and time again. Many are not following the example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan are leaders who continued to scam other Blacks for profit, according to Peterson. He also spoken on how these same leaders scammed Black people during Hurricane Katrina. I totally agree with Rev. Peterson because where the hell were these leaders before Katrina hit New Orleans? 67% of New Orleans is black, most of the families there are second to third inter-generational poverty stricken people, many of whom black people depend on government to take care of them and with a failing educational system I guess they would rely on Massa.
It was natural for those liberal leaders to cry racism in New Orleans (and now Jena, Louisiana) because government did not come to the rescue. It is no wonder that 95% of black people vote Democratic and 95% of black people receive the same result after every single election cycle. In Michigan, our elected officials decided to raise our taxes when Michigan has a 7.4% unemployment rate.
One thing that I noticed about Rev. Peterson was the fact that he stressed the importance of family. He brought up one point about how the NAACP has strayed away from dealing with potent issues in our community like rebuilding our families with our men, abortion and quality education. Speaking of education, Rev. Peterson is a HUGE supporter of homeschooling and urged people to get involved with the homeschooling movement. He also supported my notion of expanding charter schools in the urban community. Rev. Peterson is NOT a fan of traditional public schooling because of how public schools continue to fail our children with disastrous curriculums that promote homosexuality, socialist thought and the removal of God from the classrooms.
As an educator I fully support strong, Christian and stable families as well as education that will help generate wealth creation. BOND, under the divine leadership of Jesse Lee Peterson, is making that happen. While he is disappointed in the current trend of the Republican Party and President Bush, he told us it will take conservatives who are morally correct to change the course of history in the United States. He spoke about how too many people in our community are not getting married to help eradicate poverty (as well as not going to school to gain further education). He feels that too many of us are single and are making babies out of wedlock that is contributing to welfare in our community. I agree, too many of us are single but the immediate problem is that we have fallen so far from simple traditional values that it is extremely hard to find a partner who is compatible. I see why Black Conservatives date outside their race because finding a man or woman in the Black community who is conservative, have traditional values and want to build a family. Our community is too liberal and conservatives like myself are immediately pushed out.
So just like the truth was revealed to me about Clarence Thomas, Mason Weaver, Star Parker, Ward Connerly and Jennifer Gratz the truth has been revealed about Jesse Lee Peterson. I urge those who want to get involved in rebuilding the family to connect with groups like the Family Rights Coalition, DADS of Michigan and our upcoming Genesis Project sponsored by One Network.
So the next time a black man is called an Uncle Tom you might want to do your research twice before judging them. Most likely they are telling the truth and your liberal friends do not want you to hear the facts.
This is Kyle Bristow. He runs the Young American for Freedom, a very controversial and outspoken group on Michigan State's Campus. Kyle is a younger version of myself. He is also "controversial." I will be addressing their organization on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Michigan State University. For those who can make it I urge you to check us out. This is part of the Genesis Project's Speaking Series on Rebuilding the Family Through Rebuilding the Man and Woman that is on tour here across the State of Michigan.