Klavan On The Culture

The Mighty Jesse Lee

The fearless and remarkable Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson has a new book out entitled The Antidote: Healing America From the Poison of Hate, Blame and Victimhood. There’s a blurb by me on it (and one from Dennis Miller and one from Ben Shapiro and more from lots of other people), and if you read the book, you’ll see why. 

Investors Business Daily has just run an excellent feature on both the man and the book:

“Racism is an illusion,” Peterson, 66, told IBD. “It doesn’t exploit people. The anger that black people have starts in the home, not from white people. Racism isn’t holding black people back. The problem is that black leaders keep them in a state of anger.”

You don’t hear that very often. Certainly not often enough. The article also includes a comment from yours truly:

Andrew Klavan, a crime novelist out of Southern California who has covered Peterson, lauds the reverend: “Jesse talks directly out of his life, out of his own struggles with anger, his own search for forgiveness, and out of his Bible reading — and with no regard whatsoever for the current racial narrative. Where we’ve all been so brainwashed into thinking of a black man’s struggles as intimately connected to his blackness, Jesse refuses to go down that rabbit hole. He’s a man. His experience is a man’s experience. His wisdom is a man’s wisdom. His answers are human answers. In this race-corrupted day and age, that makes everything he says riveting and original.”

You can read the whole thing here. And you can buy the book here.