Jesse Lee Peterson

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Jesse Lee Peterson
Born (1949-05-22) May 22, 1949 (age 69)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActivist, author, television and radio host, lecturer
OfficePresident of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny
Political partyRepublican Party

Jesse Lee Peterson (born May 22, 1949) is an American conservative pundit, minister, author, and media personality. He is the host of The Jesse Lee Peterson Show—a national radio show which airs on Newsmax TV, and The Fallen State TV web series. He is also president and founder of Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), a religious 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to family values.

Peterson is known for making controversial statements about race such as thanking God for slavery,[1] claiming most black people are "mentally retarded" for making babies out of wedlock[2] and advocating sending black youth "back to the plantation".[3]

Early life[edit]

Jesse Lee Peterson was born on May 22, 1949 in Midway, Alabama. Peterson was raised in Comer Hill, Alabama by his grandparents, who worked on the Comer family plantation where his great-grandparents had been slaves a century earlier.[4] His mother and father moved to Gary, Indiana, and East Chicago, Indiana, respectively, where they separately started new families of their own. He was born with a cleft palate that wasn't repaired until his teens.[5] Peterson lived with his mother and stepfather in Gary as a teenager, briefly attending Edison High School. He then returned to Alabama and graduated from high school before moving to Los Angeles.[4]

Peterson had a series of jobs in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Political involvement[edit]

Peterson started his own janitorial service in 1989.[6] In 1991, he founded BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), a non-profit religious group geared towards young black men.

Peterson is a member of Choose Black America, an organization of African Americans who oppose illegal immigration to the United States.[7] He is a member of the advisory board of Project 21, a conservative African American organization.[8] He serves on the national advisory board of right-wing group Accuracy in Media,[9] and is a former board member of the California Christian Coalition. 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.[10]

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".[11]

Peterson once called for the resignation of Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, saying he was not conservative enough but that Republicans were afraid of firing a black man.[12] He revealed in a video, released on March 5, 2012, his belief that "I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote."[13][14][15]

Published works[edit]

  • 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
  • The Seven Guaranteed Steps to Spiritual, Family and Financial Success, 2007.
  • "The ANTIDOTE: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame and Victimhood", WND Books (WorldNetDaily), ISBN 978-1-942475-00-2 (Hardcover), 2015.


  1. ^ "Black Pastor Who Thanked God for Slavery Hosts Anti-NAACP Rally". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  2. ^ "'Media Matters' hates black people - WND". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  3. ^ Wilson, Simone (2012-01-23). "South L.A. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Wants to Send Black Youth Back to Plantation". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  4. ^ a b Klavan, Andrew. "A Man Alone: Jesse Lee Peterson versus the "black experience"". City Journal (Winter 2010). Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  5. ^ Peterson, Jesse Lee (2000). From Rage to Responsibility. p. 6. ISBN 1557787883.
  6. ^ Peterson, Jesse Lee (2000). From Rage to Responsibility. p. 9. ISBN 1557787883.
  7. ^ [1] Archived June 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Project 21 New Visions: Stoning Death Sentence Creates a Nigerian Nightmare – 7/01". Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  9. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Accuracy in Media. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  10. ^ Blumenthal, Max (March 24, 2005). "The Minister of Minstrelsy". The Nation. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  11. ^ "Fact Check: Moral Poverty". Snopes. October 3, 2005.
  12. ^ "Rev. Peterson, Founder and President of Bond Action, Calls on RNC Chair Michael Steele to Resign". Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  13. ^ Kleinman, Jacob (May 9, 2012). "Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Sexist Sermon: 'Greatest Mistake America Made Was Allowing Women To Vote' [VIDEO]". International Business Times.
  14. ^ "Pastor: Women's Voting Rights 'One Of America's Greatest Mistakes'". The Huffington Post. May 8, 2012. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  15. ^ Neal, Maeghan (May 9, 2012). "Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson says women getting the vote "one of the greatest mistakes America made"". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 7, 2018.

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