Black leader Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is challenging Oprah Winfrey to put up or shut up.
Peterson, a columnist for WND and the president of the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, or BOND, cites Winfrey’s recent “outrageous claim that blacks in America are still terrorized by whites because of their race.”
“Oprah Winfrey is sending a destructive and racist message to black youth,” said Peterson in a statement Tuesday.
“I’m calling on Oprah to back up her claims and give proof of blacks being terrorized by whites. She can’t – because it’s not happening.”
Winfrey made the remarks in an interview with the BBC last Friday on the subject of her movie “The Butler.”
The only way for racism to disappear, she said, would be for “older [white] people who were born, bred and marinated in prejudice and racism to die.”
Winfrey also alleged President Obama is the target of unprecedented criticism because “he’s African-American.”
Peterson said she should back up her claims or apologize.
“To the contrary, it’s black thugs who viciously attack and commit crimes against whites,” Peterson said. “Black criminals are also killing other blacks in cities like Chicago (Oprah’s hometown). Last year, the city had 500 black-on-black murders. When will Oprah talk about black racism and terror?
Peterson said successful blacks such as Winfrey, Obama and others “who race-bait are doing a disservice to the black community.”
“This type of racial demagoguery divides the races and encourages hatred and violence toward whites. It also shuts down honest and meaningful dialogue between the races,” Peterson said.
He noted Winfrey is a billionaire who “built a media empire with white people’s support.”
“The older generation of whites that she says need to die out in order for racism to vanish also watch her movies and purchase her products,” Peterson said. “Her success and the election of Barack Obama exemplify just how little white-on-black racism exists.”
He charged that for her “to sully an entire segment of innocent white Americans to a foreign press outlet is racist and an insult to her own country.”
Peterson said Winfrey’s recent comments are “far more shameful” than celebrity chef Paul Deen’s alleged use of a racial slur some 30 years ago.
“I believe that Oprah has always been a closet racist – she’s just free to express her racism because she’s no longer constrained by her show airing on a major network,” he said. “She should immediately apologize to the American public for her remarks.”
For the last 23 years, BOND has helped men and families with unique programs and services. Peterson also hosts a national radio program.
Columnist, author and radio host Dennis Prager said Peterson “has touched more souls more deeply than almost any famous person in America today.”
“Jesse Peterson exemplifies two qualities rare in any age, and certainly rare in our own: a passion for truth and extraordinary courage,” Prager said.
In his book “Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America,” Peterson contends that the civil rights establishment has made a career out of the downturn of America’s inner city, promising solutions but offering only a Band-Aid.
He chronicles the failure of the welfare system, denounces the notion of reparations, cites problems within black churches and even condemns current black “leaders” in arguing that the crisis facing families is spiritual.
Hear Peterson talk about Winfrey on his radio show: