The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate Blame and Victimhood by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is right-on in terms of the issue the author tackles.
Yet on other more important issues the Republicans fall down if you ask me. I must confess that I don’t watch TV. At all. Except to check the weather before I go outside. One day I watched Hardball–was it on MSNBC–and I didn’t think the questions lobbed were hard. Not at all. My father watched FoxNews for two or three hours every day. He was deaf so turned the volume of the TV up as loud as a rock concert.
Now FoxNews is not my cup of tea yet CNN is marginally better if you ask me. I don’t think there’s a liberal bias to the news either. Getting your news at eleven o’clock before you go to bed is not the way to go either.
I read The Antidote in four hours in one day. The Reverend’s antidote is specific to how African American leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson promote yes hate blame and victimhood among their brothers and sisters. Al Sharpton is the only one who can take credit for his behavior–and his ugly suits and prevarications.
How anyone is easily swayed by any demagogue is beyond me yet I’ll concede for a moment that it’s possible a whole swath of people has been led down this path of crying victimhood. Let’s for now though forget this and tackle the real issue: the hate and violence in society.
The author of the book does state that trauma effects everyone. He critically assails the media for not caring about black-on-white violence that causes trauma.
Hate is ugly. Hate corrodes everyone living in society–black and white–and it harms the hater the most. In prior incarnations of my blog I alluded to how I was the victim of a racial attack in an Eddie Bauer store when I was in graduate school. It was hurtful; it was hateful–and I hadn’t gotten over it.
In this regard I say kudos to the Reverend for talking about the hate and violence in society.
Still I don’t think every African American buys hook line and sinker what questionable leaders are selling as to how to interact with other people.
The Antidote like other books I’ve read reduces itself to a screed against liberal and democratic political parties as the enablers of a welfare state. I find this hard to believe. His solution is to “read the Bible and attend church and don’t get an abortion.”
As a person who aligns as a Christian I confess I’m not keen to be told to read the Bible and go to church. This truth is stranger than fiction: I’m a Christian yet I don’t read the Bible and don’t attend church. I had attended a Catholic high school and went to church for a number of years as a young woman. I have memorized the only Bible verse that matters: Love Your Neighbor. I broke away from organized religion for good after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
The Reverend alludes to people living in Big Cities being liberals. If I had to align with a political party it would be the Green Party.
I admire the work the Reverend is doing–yes I admire it. Yet I don’t agree that thumping the Bible floats all boats.
Cheap-looking and ugly suits are the least of our concerns in America.
In the policies that I think count the most–climate change and stopping war and universal healthcare–we still have a way to go.
I will return in the next blog entry with my own antidote to The Antidote.