Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson

As Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson announces his candidacy for mayor of Baltimore, the controversial movement may be moving from the streets into the halls of government.

But if the militant group is able to seize state power, a civil-rights leader is warning race relations will get even worse.

Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the nonprofit organization BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), condemned Mckesson’s efforts to become the new leader of the troubled city.

“The idea that anyone would consider DeRay Mckesson a serious candidate is troubling,” Peterson told WND. “This guy is no good! He’s an anarchist who has gained notoriety for stirring up racial strife in Ferguson and Baltimore. George Soros and others who hate America reportedly fund him. He’s using this concept of racism in order to keep blacks angry at the system, all so he can get fame and power.”

Peterson believes Mckesson’s candidacy is “an attempt to get publicity,” but warns if Black Lives Matter succeeds in gaining real political power, it will be a disaster for the country.

“It’s bad for race relations and will further divide the country,” said Peterson, a WND columnist. “These people want chaos. They have no respect for the rule of law and the judicial system, so it would mean all-out war against police. It will further radicalize the Democrats. Black Lives Matter is made up of a bunch of Communists and anarchists who hate America. They’re pawns being used by George Soros and other far-left billionaires who want to undermine and destabilize America.”

According to a recent report from the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, the Black Lives Matter movement was organized and funded by a large number of far-left foundations and professional activists with the aim of training blacks to serve as the vanguard for a communist revolution. The movement has also been accused of inspiring violence against police officers, leading to charges Black Lives Matter is a “hate group.”

Mckesson’s candidacy already seems to be drawing strong support. Less than a day after filing to run, the would-be mayor had received almost $40,000 in contributions, far exceeding most of the other candidates in the race.

The 30-year-old Mckesson, popularly known as “DeRay,” boasts a huge following on social media, with pop star Beyoncé among his almost 300,000 followers. He’s also received widespread and mostly positive attention in the mainstream media including appearances on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. On the latter show, he even sat in the host’s chair to “educate” Colbert (and the audience) about the concept of “white privilege.”

Peterson, author of “The Antidote” and “Scam: How The Black Leadership Exploits Black America,” called Mckesson a “welfare queen trying to get power and wealth by shaking down white Americans,” and alleged he is “lying” to blacks about the sources of their problems.

However, he does not deny the possibility he will find a warm welcome in the Democratic Party.

“The Democratic Party is in a state of confusion,” said Peterson. “Their candidates are suffering from an identity crisis. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are trying to outflank each other to appeal to liberal blacks and minorities. They’ll embrace Black Lives Matter, or any other fringe group, if they think it will help them attract new voters.”

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Colin Flaherty, a frequent critic of the Black Lives Matter movement and a reporter who chronicled black mob violence in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America,” says Mckesson should be taken seriously as a candidate.

“He could be a credible candidate for office,” said Flaherty. However, Flaherty agreed with Peterson this might simply be a publicity stunt or just to make a point.

A shift to seeking public office would dramatically change the way Black Lives Matter operates. Flaherty believes the increased responsibility and media attention could prove destructive for the group.

“If they ever achieve power in their own right, the biggest change will be that they will come under much greater scrutiny,” he said. “It will no longer be enough to say white racism is responsible for black violence or that police are the problem. They’ll have to deal with the real problems directly, and local and national media will have a much harder time ignoring their fairy tales.”

Baltimore has been suffering a wave of violent crime following civil unrest after the death of Freddie Gray. Flaherty expresses skepticism Black Lives Matter activists, if they ever took power, would be able to effectively combat crime while simultaneously retaining their credibility as crusaders against supposed police brutality.

Flaherty observes militant leftist leaders who win elections sometimes end up captured by the system.

“Look at Bobby Rush, the former Black Panther leader and still the only person to beat Barack Obama in an election,” said Flaherty. “He talks and talks, but nothing happens. Ditto for Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, who was aligned with the black nationalist ‘Republic of New Africa.’ They talk and talk, but none of the problems are solved.”

Ultimately, Flaherty believes a Mayor Mckesson would simply entrench what he sees as an already deeply seated anti-white bias in the Baltimore city government.

“In many major cities, the anti-white resentment and hostility is already mainstream,” he said sadly. “So DeRay is not going to say anything that other black politicians in Baltimore have not been saying for years. DeRay is not really a candidate of change, but a candidate of more of the same.”

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