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Jesse Lee Peterson, White Supremacist?

The black right-wing WorldNetDaily columnist is laughably portrayed as a "civil rights leader," so why does he disparage blacks -- and defend white people's anger at blacks -- at every opportunity?

By Terry Krepel
Posted 4/6/2016

Jesse Lee Peterson

What is it with black right-wingers who sound like white supremacists?

A couple years back, ConWebWatch noted WorldNetDaily columnist Mychal Massie's use of his black-conservative privilege to say things he could not get away with if he was not a black conservative, such as calling a black woman a "Negress" or telling blacks to go back to Africa.

Now, fellow WND columnist Jesse Lee Peterson is following the same path -- to the point he sounds like a member of a white supremacist group. Peterson has already established himself as a rabid Obama-hater -- another thing he shares with Massie.

How ironic, since WND likes to promote Peterson as a "civil rights leader," despite the fact he has little constituency outside white right-wingers. Indeed, Peterson's WND-published book "The Antidote" is loaded with blurbs from white right-wingers like Andrew Klavan, Dennis Miller and Ben Shapiro, and the advisory board of Peterson's organization BOND has included the likes of Sean Hannity and Dennis Prager. (We don't know if they're still on the board, since the list was removed from BOND's website after it was revealed that Hannity has had Peterson as a guest on his radio and TV shows without disclosing their relationship.)

Between that and WND's own reputation for race-baiting, it's no wonder that Peterson thinks he can trash his fellow blacks with impunity.

For example, in a February 2015 column, Peterson ranted about the meaninglessness of Black History month:

Black History Month is dumb. And it provides no value for black Americans or anyone else.

In reality, black history is American history, and any attempt to detach the two separates blacks from their country and empowers useless black “leaders.”

Instead of celebrating Black History Month, I challenge black Americans to get over their “blackness” and start building character this month!

Over the past 50 years, blacks have been seduced away from character and truth. Their “leaders” have convinced them that their struggle is a physical battle with whites and that America is a racist nation. The truth is that there is good and bad in every race, and every human being is engaged in a spiritual battle of good versus evil.

Blacks in the United States are the freest and wealthiest group of blacks anywhere. If black America were a country, it would be the 15th wealthiest nation in the world.

Blacks who are caught up with their skin color and think they need a Black History Month foolishly believe they are righting past wrongs. The sad truth is that they’re wasting their time and building false pride.


Focusing on color is a losing proposition. The obsession with race leads to anger, blame and bitterness, which ultimately destroys people. The time and energy wasted on hatred leaves little time and energy for productive living; whereas building a life based on character and love will help one succeed in life.

Focusing on color over character gave us Barack Obama – the worst president in U.S. history.

Of course, if Peterson has truly gotten over his own blackness, he wouldn't be saying such things. Instead, he does, knowing he would be treated differently than if he wasn't black.

Peterson sounded almost exactly like a leader of a white supremacist group in a Nov. 15 column, unsubtly headlined "Dear white people: your days are numbered":

This has been a brutal couple of weeks for those with white skin.

It started with a three-ring circus at the University of Missouri, another landmark in the slow death of white America. And it drew to a close with the actual deaths of scores of French citizens.


The University of Missouri will never be the same now.

Weak, liberal whites have created monsters in their schools. The monsters are now eating them, and threatening to eat others.

By Thursday, chaos reigned across the country as students protested their schools and called for heads to roll.

The situation will not get better until white Americans put an end to it. In fact, it will only get worse.


And with clear evidence that white Americans are standing by as their country is going down in flames, Friday evening we heard news of the Paris attacks and concert hall massacre of mostly white French by Muslim terrorists.

Somewhere along the way, whites in Europe and America have lost their connection to God and have decided to give up defending their communities and freedoms. Europe has been in the process of handing their continent over to Muslims. And white Americans are handing over their country to black malcontents – and Muslims. Friday it was reported that the first wave of Syrian immigrants had arrived in New Orleans. Where was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to stop this? Where are the protests from outraged Americans?

If you stand up against the bullies – whether they’re radical black bullies on campuses, or Islamic bullies, they will go sit down.

But if you act with fear, they will run over you and your children.

You can’t prove anything to angry people. You just have to speak up, be honest and live your life. Telling the truth and setting a living example is the only way to change anything for the better.

The greatest civilizations in the world are being destroyed by the godless.

The godless have not been raised by decent parents. They’re looking for love in all the wrong places, and in the wrong way. And now they’re destroying the free world.

It’s time for whites in America, and in Europe, to stop the madness. If it isn’t stopped, your way of life – and possibly your life itself – will be stopped.

If these words had come from the pen of a white KKK leader, he would be universally rejected and condemned. But because it is Peterson saying it, he again gets a pass. Sadly, it seems that being a proxy for white racists is something Peterson actually appears to want to be.

In a further irony, Peterson's admonition that "You can’t prove anything to angry people" applies mostly to himself.

Race-baiting over massacres

Peterson is such a race-baiter that he'll change the subject of crime by whites to talk about black crime. When a black man killed a TV reporter and a cameraman in Virginia in August 2015, Peterson was quick to run to WND and rant about "the phenomenon of the black mass murderer, asserting: "An all-but-untold story is how black anger has been finding an outlet in unhinged acts of violence. Inevitably these killers blame white people for their rage. True to form, the media refuse to examine the deeper reasons for their rage, if they bother to discuss these crimes at all."

But a couple months earlier, when Dylann Roof, a white man, shot and killed nine blacks in a South Carolina church, Peterson told Newsmax that it would not be news if Roof was not white: "Black-on-black you would not have heard anything about it. If you would have heard anything, it would have been a small, little mention of it. ... Barack Obama would not have held a press conference about it." Peterson also claim that's "absolutely not true" that racism against blacks is an issue -- even though Roof has a clear history of associating with white supremacists.

Even more bizarrely, in response to reports that Roof conducted the shooting as a revenge for blacks committing crime, Peterson appeared to agree with the basis of Roof's sentiment, if not his method of dealing with it: "I've been saying to white Americans for the last 25 years, warning them and warning them that you need to start speaking up instead of holding that anger in because you can get so angry that you can come out fighting in the wrong manner." Peterson went on to feel additional sympathy for beleaguered whites whose anger against blacks is entirely justified:

[White Americans] "need to speak out to the country, to black Americans, and tell them, 'I am not a racist, I am not your problem, you need to take care of your own lives, you need to get married, raise your own children, get away from the government taking care of you, drop your anger so you can see that I am not your problem.' White Americans have been made to feel for the last 50 years or so that they are to blame for the situation in the black family and in the black community when it has nothing to do with white racism but everything to do with the lack of moral character. So blacks -- white people are feeling fear. If they should speak up they are called racists, and they are feeling guilt because they feel a sense of responsibility for what's going on when they really have nothing to do with this. So they have all this anger that's starting to build up inside of them, and I am very concerned -- I have been concerned for a long time that if they don't open up and express themselves and say 'no' when they are called racists, we're going to see more killing. And I want to be wrong, but we're going to see -- especially young white men and women, we're going to see more of them carrying out acts like the one we just saw in South Carolina.

Peterson also complained that the media rushed to speculate on a racial motive for the South Carolina shooting (which turned out to be completely correct). But Peterson has no problem speculating about motives when the alleged perpetrator is black. In November, when a black man named Zebulum James allegedly went on a shooting spree in which two white women were killed, Peterson took to WND and ranted about it:

“If a white man shot and killed two black women, I guarantee you that it would be immediately classified as a ‘hate crime’ by Barack Obama and AG Loretta Lynch. Obama and Lynch would hold a press conference and blame racism and lecture white Americans and the nation on the need to end racism. The DOJ would open an investigation for civil rights violations. The local and national media would be all over the issue doing specials and portraying it as a national race crisis. Based on this case and countless other underreported black on white crimes, I’ve concluded that to this administration and the mainstream media: white lives don’t matter! They could care less about black-on-white crimes.”

In fact, there's plenty of evidence that indicates that the victims of Zebulum James' crime spree were chosen at random. He also fired shots into a house and a municipal bus, where there was no apparent racial motive. Further, during a later court hearing, James reportedly "began screaming and said that demons were trying to get him," which suggests mental health issues; family members have stated that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Peterson goes on to downplay racism in issues where it's clearly an issue. WND called upon Peterson once again -- in an article with the unsubtle headline: "Coming To Your Suburb: The Ghettos" -- to complain about a plan to allow people from said "ghettos" in Baltimore to defile "predominantly white suburban neighborhoods." Baltimore has long been a hotbed of "government-sanctioned residential segregation," according to one news report, and suburban areas have done little to create affordable housing despite high demand for it, failing to do even simple things like prohibiting landlords from discriminating against Section 8 vouchers.

Nevertheless, Peterson ranted that blacks should stay in the ghettos where they belong -- “They’re going to be destroying every suburb that they move into, just as they’ve done the inner cities. ... This is ‘forced diversity'" --and defends whites who want to live in a race-segregated community: "The Obama administration is now redistributing poor inner city families to American suburbs. ... This idea of taking the power away from white people by passing these type of laws and then forcing it on them is evil and is not going to turn out for the good."

Peterson continued, sounding even more like a serious segregationist: "These blacks aren’t separated from whites because of 'segregation' ... They’re separated from whites because they’re having children out of wedlock, they’re reliant on the government to pay their rent, food, medical, everything, and so they lock themselves into these government sponsored neighborhoods."

Paralleling white supremacists

Peterson's rants are getting to the point that they're nearly indistinguishable from those by bona fide white supremacists. For instance, here's Patrick Slattery speaking on the Jan. 23 podcast by racist extraordinaire David Duke about the lack of Academy Award nominations for black actors:

And it's more than just affirmative action, it's propaganda. And you're trying to, well, create -- I mean, for instance, if in the movies, you have blacks who are always going to be leading scientists and physicists and they're the judges and they're the -- you know, Morgan Freeman, he's played both the president and God. Funny he wasn't cast as Moses during the 10 Commandments, I noticed that. You know, you create these very unrealistic expectations when you have a society in which that same minority group is too much involved in drugs and, you know, they're not performing well, but yet you're going to wind up with expectations not just from them but from the population at large to see them in large numbers in professions in which under current circumstances they're certainly not likely to be entering in any large numbers. And so it skews expectations and then makes things like, you know, Black Lives Matter or #OscarsSoWhite, it makes them seem more plausible because you've created this, you know, unrealistic fantasy world, which is what Hollywood is.

And here's what Peterson said on the subject in his Jan. 24 WND column:

Jada Smith is upset because her husband, Will Smith, didn’t win an Oscar for his movie “Concussion.” I’ve got an idea for you, Jada. Why don’t you make movies for yourselves?

Why can’t these blacks stop blaming whites and work on their character and craft so they can make movies that are worthy of recognition?

The only color Hollywood and the academy care about is green. Spike Lee, Jada Smith and other blacks complaining about being snubbed by the academy need to make better movies. Period.

According to reports, 60 percent of movie profits come from the foreign market, and movies starring blacks don’t do well overseas. The studios are in business to make money, so you can’t blame them for not casting more blacks.

In America, when you put out the best the marketplace will reward it. I don’t see a lot of Sidney Poitiers these days, or any great black movies worthy of the price of admission, let alone an Oscar.

Blacks are not being overlooked due to their race; they’re not winning Oscars because their work doesn’t stand out, and their movies don’t make money.

Blacks are taking the easy route and complaining and protesting to get their way. This is a continuation of the age-old war between Booker T. Washington’s “earn your way” and W.E.B. Dubois’ “agitate” to push your way in. These spoiled blacks are just repeating what Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter and other race hustlers have done successfully. They know that white liberals – who make up the bulk of Hollywood – will cave as they always do.

The path of least resistance for Spike Lee, Jada Smith and other angry blacks is agitation. Working on your craft and steadily getting better takes work – and who wants to do that?!

The problem with most black Americans today is that they feel entitled to have things handed to them. They’ve been told that white folks owe them, so when things don’t go their way, they cry “discrimination.”

“Shut up and act!” is what these spoiled brats should be told.

Will and Jada Pinkett own a production company called Overbook Entertainment. On their site, they tout that their company has "generated more than $3.0 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts and even more in home video sales." Spike Lee's net worth is estimated at $40 million; his movies have grossed almost $400 million. Oprah Winfrey has her own media empire, and her net worth is an estimated $3 billion. Why can't these people pool their resources and cultivate talent instead of moaning about being excluded by whites?

They can't do it because most blacks cannot work together; they're jealous and distrustful of one another. They have a spiritual and moral deficiency because most haven't been raised in stable two-parent homes. The overwhelming majority of them haven't had good fathers.

Not that much of a difference, is there?

Race-baiting fail

Sometimes, Peterson's race-baiting backfires. In a September WND article, he weighed in on the death of Illinois police officer Joe Gliniewicz, which he was quick to blame on Black Lives Matter activists at the Minnesota State Fair allegedly chanting “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon” two days earlier. He added: "They’re putting the lives of police officers at risk by encouraging other angry people to hate the police and target them. ... This is an evil group."

But that wasn't true, it turns out. Investigators have since found that Gliniewicz's death was a "carefully staged suicide" designed to obscure the fact that he had been stealing money from a police mentoring program for several years, and that he reportedly tried to hire a hit man to kill a village administrator who was looking into his financial improprieties.

Meanwhile, not only does WND's original article remain uncorrected, Peterson has apparently not publicly corrected his now-false linking of Gliniewicz's death to Black Lives Matter. But then, race-baiters aren't exactly concerned with telling the truth.

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