Jesse Lee Peterson

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Jesse Lee Peterson
Born (1949-05-22) May 22, 1949 (age 65)
Midway, Alabama, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Author, television and radio show host, lecturer
Political party
Republican
Religion Christian
Website
Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny

Jesse Lee Peterson (born May 22, 1949) is president and founder of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), an American religious nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to a conservative agenda among African Americans.

Early life[edit]

Peterson was born in Midway, Alabama, and raised in Comer Hill, Alabama. His mother and father moved to Gary, Indiana, and East Chicago, Indiana, respectively, where they separately started new families of their own. Peterson was left to be raised in Comer Hill by his grandparents who worked on the same white-owned plantation his ancestors labored on as slaves a century earlier. As a teenager, Peterson moved in with his mother and stepfather in Gary and eventually settled in Los Angeles, California, as a young adult.[1]

Political involvement[edit]

Peterson is a member of Choose Black America, an organization of African Americans who oppose illegal immigration to the United States.[2] He is a member of the advisory board of Project 21, a conservative African American organization.[3] He serves on the national advisory board of Accuracy in Media,[4] and is a former board member of the California Christian Coalition.[5] Peterson also established an annual “National Day of Repudiation of Jesse Jackson” event, which lasted from 1999 to 2004, and which was held outside Jackson's offices in Los Angeles.[6][7] Peterson is a friend of Sean Hannity's and is a frequent guest on his TV show.[8]

On January 17, 2006, Peterson was a party to the case Jesse Lee Peterson, et al., v. Jesse Jackson, et al. (BC 266505), in Los Angeles County Superior Court, after a ruling the previous week by Judge George H. Wu. Judicial Watch filed the civil lawsuit against Jackson, his son Jonathan, and others on behalf of Peterson, who was the alleged victim of a physical and verbal assault at an event hosted by Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in December 2001.[9][10] On January 27, 2006, a Los Angeles jury dismissed all of the counts except one, in which the jury deadlocked. The parties settled the remaining charge out of court.[11]

Political views[edit]

On September 21, 2005, Peterson penned a column for WorldNetDaily, in which he suggested the majority of the African-American people stranded in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were "welfare-pampered", "lazy" and "immoral". Peterson also criticized New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin for blaming President George W. Bush for his lack of response to the crisis, stating that "responsibility to perform legally and practically fell first on the Mayor of New Orleans."[12] He has also claimed that African Americans are too dependent on affirmative action, calling it an entitlement.[13] Peterson once called for the resignation of Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele, saying he was not conservative enough but that Republicans were afraid of firing a black man.[14] Peterson has also thanked "God and white people" for slavery—adding that if it weren't for the slave trade, blacks might have never made it to the United States—and described traveling on slave ships as akin to "being on a crowded airplane".[8]

On religious matters, Peterson has criticized Islam, saying that Muslims "hate us [America] because we are a Christian nation and we support Israel."[15][16] Some liberals have criticized Peterson for his comments.[17]

Books by Peterson[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Man Alone by Andrew Klavan, City Journal Winter 2010". City-journal.org. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Project 21 New Visions: Stoning Death Sentence Creates a Nigerian Nightmare – 7/01". Nationalcenter.org. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Accuracy in Media. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  5. ^ "WND - A Free Press for a Free People". Worldnetdaily.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  6. ^ "The Minister of Minstrelsy". The Nation. 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  7. ^ "April 11, 2005". The Nation. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  8. ^ a b "Jesse Lee Peterson on Slavery". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  9. ^ Press release: Jesse Jackson to Face Civil Trial on January 17 for Assault and Civil Rights Violations(archive), Judicial Watch, Jan 13, 2006
  10. ^ "Jesse Lee Peterson v. Jesse Jackson, et. al.". Judicial Watch. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  11. ^ "Judicial Watch". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  12. ^ "Moral poverty cost blacks in New Orleans". Worldnetdaily.com. 2005-09-21. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  13. ^ "WorldNetDaily's Peterson unleashes nutty rant: Obama is 'destroying America based on lies". Crooksand liars.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  14. ^ "Rev. Peterson, Founder and President of Bond Action, Calls on RNC Chair Michael Steele to Resign". Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Calif. Campus in Uproar Over Muslim Cartoons". Fox News. 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  16. ^ "The Unveiling of the Cartoons & A Discussion To Confront Terror: A panel discussion at U.C. Irvine". Unitedamericancommittee.org. Retrieved 2013-102-5. 
  17. ^ "The Minister of Minstrelsy". The Nation. 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 

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