Jesse Lee Peterson
Jesse Lee Peterson
|Born||May 22, 1949|
Midway, Alabama, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Activist, author, television and radio host|
|Office||President of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny|
Jesse Lee Peterson (born May 22, 1949) is an American conservative media personality, minister, and author. He is the host of The Jesse Lee Peterson Show—a national radio show, and The Fallen State TV web series.
Jesse Lee Peterson was born on May 22, 1949 in Midway, Alabama, and 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. 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. 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.
Peterson started his own janitorial service in 1989. 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. He is a member of the advisory board of Project 21, a conservative African American organization. He serves on the national advisory board of right-wing group Accuracy in Media, 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.
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 relying on the government to save them.
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. 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."
Peterson also believes that "children's souls yearn for the souls of their natural mother and natural father, especially the father".
Peterson is known for frequently making controversial statements about race such as thanking God for slavery, claiming most black people are "mentally retarded" for making babies out of wedlock and advocating sending black youth "back to the plantation." He has also claimed "most black people on earth are being used to bring destruction" and "destroy everything sacred".
- 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.
- Klavan, Andrew. "A Man Alone: Jesse Lee Peterson versus the "black experience"". City Journal (Winter 2010). Retrieved January 24, 2015.
- Peterson, Jesse Lee (2000). From Rage to Responsibility. p. 6. ISBN 1557787883.
- Peterson, Jesse Lee (2000). From Rage to Responsibility. p. 9. ISBN 1557787883.
-  Archived June 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Project 21 New Visions: Stoning Death Sentence Creates a Nigerian Nightmare – 7/01". Nationalcenter.org. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Frequently Asked Questions". Accuracy in Media. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
- Blumenthal, Max (March 24, 2005). "The Minister of Minstrelsy". The Nation. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Fact Check: Moral Poverty". Snopes. October 3, 2005.
- "Rev. Peterson, Founder and President of Bond Action, Calls on RNC Chair Michael Steele to Resign". Retrieved January 25, 2010.
- Kleinman, Jacob (May 9, 2012). "Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Sexist Sermon: 'Greatest Mistake America Made Was Allowing Women To Vote' [VIDEO]". International Business Times.
- "Pastor: Women's Voting Rights 'One Of America's Greatest Mistakes'". HuffPost. May 8, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- Neal, Maeghan (May 9, 2012). "Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson says women getting the vote "one of the greatest mistakes America made"". Daily News. New York. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- "Black Pastor Who Thanked God for Slavery Hosts Anti-NAACP Rally". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- "'Media Matters' hates black people – WND". WND. September 9, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- Wilson, Simone (January 23, 2012). "South L.A. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Wants to Send Black Youth Back to Plantation". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- "BLACKS ARE BEING USED TO BRING DESTRUCTION". Jesse Lee Peterson. Retrieved April 17, 2019.