Jesse Lee Peterson
|Jesse Lee Peterson|
May 22, 1949 |
Midway, Alabama, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Occupation||Author, television and radio show host, lecturer|
|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. He has hosted a cable TV program and a syndicated radio talk show.
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.
Jesse Lee Peterson hosted the nationally syndicated Jesse Lee Peterson Show radio talk show on the Information Radio Network until 2005. The show aired on a handful of AM radio stations.
Cable TV show
Peterson hosted the Jesse Lee Peterson Show.
BOND operates out of a storefront in Los Angeles. Its 2001 operating budget was just above $200,000, with more than 1/4 of that going towards rent.
Peterson established an annual “National Day of Repudiation of Jesse Jackson” event, which lasted from 1999 to 2004, and which was held on a street corner outside his offices in Los Angeles, and which received no public attention outside conservative media.
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."
On February 28, 2006, as a member of a student panel discussion at the University of California, Irvine on the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, Peterson described Islam as an "evil religion", and stated extremist Muslims "hate us [America] because we are a Christian nation and we support Israel." The event was sponsored by the United American Committee and College Republicans, and gained national attention in part due to his remarks.
In January 2010, Peterson issued a statement calling for the resignation of Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele, saying "Michael Steele is a weak leader and he needs to resign or be fired. We need someone who's not afraid to boldly promote strong conservative Republican ideas. The only reason Steele is still RNC Chair is because he's black and the party is terrified of the implications of firing him."
He has also claimed, "Barack Obama hates white people, especially white men" and "Barack Obama is Jeremiah Wright Jr. He is the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus! He embodies the aspirations of every left-wing black group that wants to tear down this country and take power away from the "oppressive" white man. He's not an obvious race hustler like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson; but Obama is a smooth pathological liar—with a wicked heart". Peterson has also thanked "God and white people" for slavery adding if it weren't for the slave trade, blacks might have never made it to the promised land and described slave ships as akin to "being on a crowded airplane". Peterson is friends with Sean Hannity and is a frequent guest on his TV show.
He has said women should not be allowed to vote:
Women cannot handle power. It's not in them to handle power in the right way. [...] I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should've never turned this over to women. [...] It was a big mistake. [...] And these women are voting in the wrong people. They're voting in people who are evil who agrees [sic] with them who're gonna take us down this pathway of destruction. And this probably was the reason they didn't allow women to vote when men were men. Because men in the good old days understood the nature of the woman. They were not afraid to deal with it. And they understood that, you let them take over, this is what would happen.
George E. Curry, editor in chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (an African American newspaper organization), and former New York bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, has said: "Jesse Lee Peterson gives the racists in the Republican Party deniability. He let's them say, 'What I'm saying can't be racism because black people are saying it".
Jesse Jackson lawsuit
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.
Peterson is a member of Choose Black America, an organization of African Americans who oppose illegal immigration to the United States. He is a member of the advisory board of Project 21, a conservative African American organization. He serves on the national advisory board of Accuracy in Media, and is a former board member of the California Christian Coalition.
Books by Peterson
- From Rage to Responsibility: Black Conservative Jesse Lee Peterson and America Today, with Dennis Prager and Brad Stetson. Paragon House (affiliated with the Unification Church), 2000, ISBN 1-55778-788-3
- SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America, WND Books (WorldNetDaily), ISBN 0-7852-6331-4. Reprinted, Thomas Nelson, 2005, ISBN 978-1595550453
- "A Man Alone by Andrew Klavan, City Journal Winter 2010". City-journal.org. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "The Minister of Minstrelsy". The Nation. 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "April 11, 2005". The Nation. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Moral poverty cost blacksin New Orleans". Worldnetdaily.com. 2005-09-21. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Calif. Campus in Uproar Over Muslim Cartoons". Fox News. 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "The Unveiling of the Cartoons & A Discussion To Confront Terror: A panel discussion at U.C. Irvine". Unitedamericancommittee.org. Retrieved 2013-102-5.
- "Rev. Peterson, Founder and President of Bond Action, Calls on RNC Chair Michael Steele to Resign". Retrieved January 25, 2010.
- "WorldNetDaily's Peterson unleashes nutty rant: Obama is 'destroying America based on lies". Crooksand liars.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Jesse Lee Peterson on Slavery". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Exploring Your Destiny w/ Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson: How women are building a shameless society". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Giving Women the Vote Was a Huge Mistake, Says Fox News Dude". Jezebel.com. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "The Minister of Minstrelsy". The Nation. 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- Press release: Jesse Jackson to Face Civil Trial on January 17 for Assault and Civil Rights Violations(archive), Judicial Watch, Jan 13, 2006
- "Jesse Lee Peterson v. Jesse Jackson, et. al.". Judicial Watch. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Judicial Watch". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
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- "Project 21 New Visions: Stoning Death Sentence Creates a Nigerian Nightmare – 7/01". Nationalcenter.org. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "Frequently Asked Questions". Accuracy in Media. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
- "WND - A Free Press for a Free People". Worldnetdaily.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny/Peterson website
- Jesse Lee Peterson at the Internet Movie Database