Jesse Jackson versus Jesse Lee Peterson James David DeBrodie National University SOC 350 Steve Albrecht September 10, 2011 Jesse Jackson versus Jesse Lee Peterson “The land of the free” is the motto of the country and the American people. This motto has made America what it is today, and has been an example of what America is known for, their freedom. The reason the American people are free is that they are protected by the Constitution of the United States. This Constitution protects everyone who resides in the United States, and provides for equality amongst all people.
Over the past several decades racial equality has played a significant role in the making of history. America is a country in which racial equality has become an issue that has deepened the measures of civil rights. Before discussing racial equality one must know what racial equality is and why it is imperative to understand how it is portrayed throughout the United States. Racial equality assures that there is fair treatment and theory of equal opportunity for everyone present here in the United States. Equal applies to all individuals residing within the United States.
Racial equality is not based on an individual’s race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin. Although racial equality is heavily supported amongst Americans, there are two individuals who support racial equality. Both these individuals are prominent Reverends within the United States and ironically enough they are both African-Americans by race. These two are Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson. Although they both believe and support racial equality for all people, they do not practice the same views or opinions.
As a matter of fact their views and opinions are at both ends of the spectrum and their views are extremely different and they do not have anything they agree on except equal rights. This paper is going to compare and contrast the differences between Jesse Jackson and Jesse Lee Peterson as they are individuals and their views they express in racial equality which are imposed on the citizens of the United States. The first area that the two Reverends are different is their affiliation with civil rights.
Jesse Jackson and Jesse Lee Peterson have the same desire of racial equality and freedom for their American counterparts but their views and opinions could not be more controversial and opposite. Their personal beliefs are not in agreement with one another; they still want to protect the minority (African Americans) but at different costs. Some of the characteristics of these two gentlemen are similar. They both founded and are presidents of their organizations which support civil rights. Jesse Jackson and Jesse Lee Peterson have organizations that are in unity and support racial equality.
These organizations both are faith-based on religious principles that they believe in. The groups that they are leaders of are African-American based groups and support the individuals within this race. The groups follow the spiritual logic that lead up the religious practices from each denomination. Jesse Jackson is a Baptist Minister whereas Jesse Lee Peterson is identified as Christian. Jesse Jackson’s group is the “Rainbow PUSH Coalition”, which supports the civil rights of African Americans.
This entity is a combination of two organizations that had the same ultimate goal, racial equality and non discrimination against African Americans. The first entity “Operation PUSH was successful at raising public awareness to initiate corporate action and government sponsorship and developed an awareness of racial discrimination which was taking place. The National Rainbow coalition became a prominent political organization that raised public awareness on numerous political issues and consolidated a large voting block and established the people to be united to save humanity” (Jackson, 2010).
This was the goal for Jackson, he wants people to unite and become one. Jesse Jackson was predominately civil rights. He is deemed to be American and rights activist. It appears that there are ill fillings by Jesse Lee Peterson as Jackson receives financial backing from other organizations that help to support the mission of the Rainbow Push Coalition. The coalition receives millions of dollars in corporate grants and sponsorships and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has branched out many locations nationwide and all across the United States.
The locations are actual service centers and look presentable to the clients they deal with on a daily basis. Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson shows signs of indifference and jealously in the direction in which Jackson’s business is going. Although Jesse Jackson’s organization helps to support civil rights and save humanity, Jackson continually receives negative criticism from his arch nemesis Jesse Lee Peterson. Peterson has developed another organization of his own to compete with what Jackson has already instilled around the country.
He is the founder and president of BOND, which is defined as The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. This group is developed from other Americans who practice and is dedicated to in providing a cooperative agenda among African Americans. BOND is “a national 501 (c) (4) nonprofit organization created to educate, motivate, and rally Americans to greater involvement in the moral and political issues that threaten America” (Peterson, 2010). Peterson’s organization is in vacated old dwellings and the buildings are desecrated and BOND only operates in Los Angeles, BOND is predominantly funded by private donations.
Although this is what the organization states what it is, the Americans involved are African American, and their mission is to assist the minority and not anyone but them. BOND has closed locations due to finances and lack of funds Although this seems rather miniscule, Peterson has other ill fillings against Jackson. Peterson has gone as far as to call Jackson a “racist demagogue and a problem profiteer” (Klavan, 2010). Peterson feels that Jackson is just a racist wearing a black skin. He feels that Jackson has gone as far as being guilty of being discriminating in the reverse aspect.
Peterson believes that Jackson is not worth the skin he is wearing and goes as far as to make the statement and even write a book about how black leadership and how it exploits the black followers in America. There was even a case filed in which Peterson sued Jackson, not because of his beliefs but because he mentioned that Jackson threatened him and that Jackson’s son, Jonathon had assaulted him. According to author and great social thinker, Shelby Steele there is other theories about the two racial Reverends. Another difference between the two is that Jesse Jackson is a challenger, which essentially accuses whites of being racists, unless they donate sums of money to prove otherwise” (Steele). As for Peterson, he does not feel that everything is entirely on a racist analysis but that the problems with the African American population is not pure race alone but on the morale of the way one feels about themselves. According to Peterson, the black morale is strictly personal and is not on racism alone but on the lack of moral character and the findings behind the character.
Peterson feels that the black racism which is taking place is announcing that whites are the victims, Jackson produces racism and everything that is done to our black counterparts is done because of color and racism becomes an issue. With this logic presented, Jackson develops a racism plea, and then the civil rights that has been established becomes focus in the limelight again. According to Peterson, the civil rights leaders have to essentially brainwash the people so they can see what is taking place, and this may be distorted views put forth by the leaders.
Just as with Jackson, Peterson is an outspoken individual and makes his beliefs known to man and the public. Jesse Lee is a black conservative and has been faced with slurs because of his beliefs and support. At times these individuals are Jackson followers and because of Peterson’s beliefs, there is friction between the two. Jackson believes power for the people as long as the people are the African Americans, and the power benefits, for racial equality, he is pro-black and everyone is guilty of discrimination, when they may not be.
Peterson is pro-family restoration and wants the family restored, especially the African American family. When the family follows a spiritual backing, the family is then supported to establish a more healthy connection between work, family, health, and discrimination does not become an issue. Peterson instills the logic that instead of being biased towards the white man, it is more feasible to forgive and develop strong moral character and grow in building a family, finding a job and learning basics about life, so one can move on and be happy.
Jesse Jackson has the approach that everyone is racist and pays me off then I will no longer believe that you are racists. Jackson is a reverse discriminate as well. Peterson voices his opinion that in racial equality, the white person is the victim not the black. Unlike Jesse Jackson, Peterson is a critic of the Civil Rights movement as well as a liberal in today’s society. He is referred to as the antidote of Jesse Jackson. Peterson is also described and defined as the most outspoken critic against the civil rights movement and its establishment in the United States that exists today.
Jackson is pro-black and everything relates to civil rights but only as it pertains to the African Americans. Taking this into consideration, Peterson’s entire crusade has helped to establish his career and has been determined to be against the current civil rights leaders such as Jackson. As far as Peterson is concerned, it has become a daily necessity to take racism more on a serious level and look how to correct it as opposed to feeling sorry for themselves and creating enemies in the process. Peterson has one word that suggests how he feels in the realm of racial equality, character. Character makes the individual who they are. His views are conservative and go against every view Jesse Jackson displays. Peterson believes if you change the man, you can change his future. Jesse Jackson believes what you can give me to stop my beliefs about the racism you display and make me feel good about myself. Jackson does not feel the same as Peterson does and looks for ways to find discrimination for the benefit of his followers.
Jackson is good with what he does just as Peterson is good with what he does. It is all in a day’s work for both of them, and there is no evidence that one is right or wrong, because again it is based on what one chooses to believe in and what morals that each person holds. This is based on personal views and at this time this writer has no right to determine who is correct in their argument. Although if I had to make an educated guess, I would have to say that Jesse Lee Peterson is more towards the thoughts and beliefs of my personal thoughts and hatred is no way to be.
It is time to forgive and forget what history has brought to us and move on to the future, which is the logic that Peterson is upholding. Train the people, raise their morals, and continue on with life. This would make one a happy person and benefit the family both black and white. Works Cited: http://www. bondinfo. org/content/revpeterson http://www. campusprogress. org/articles/rev. _jesse_lee_peterson Klavan, A. (2010) A Man Alone. City Journal. Retrieved from: http://city-journal. org/printable. Php? id=5850 http:rainbowpush. org/pages/jackson_bio