Civil-rights leader Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is warning whites not to cower in the face of threats from black Americans; instead, he says, they should respond with a Donald Trump-style smackdown.
Racial animosity in America appeared to be reaching a fever pitch this week as the University of Chicago was forced to shut down Monday after a student from another school threatened to shoot “approximately 16 white male students and or staff” in retaliation for the Chicago police killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
The incident came three months after Black Lives Matter activists famously disrupted the Minnesota State Fair by calling for the murder of police officers, chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!”
Then in November, black students at the University of Missouri staged massive protests after a few black students claimed white people had shouted racial slurs at them, and after a swastika drawn in feces was reportedly found on a bathroom wall. The Missouri students, with the support of their football team and its coach, successfully pressured university President Tim Wolfe to resign.
Peterson, also a talk-radio host and WND columnist, said black protesters will only keep pushing the envelope as long as white people prove willing to yield to their demands.
“Unfortunately, it’s not going to stop until white people stop running,” Peterson said during a recent appearance on “The Steve Malzberg Show.” “We had the president of the University of Missouri; they accuse him of not making them feel safe. … And so the guy put his tail between his legs and ran.”
Peterson, author of the new book “The Antidote,” differs from many other prominent black leaders in that he doesn’t believe white racism is to blame for the plight of the black community. In fact, he told Malzberg racism is an “illusion.” He believes the real problem lies in the issue of family structure.
“The problem with black Americans is that not all, but most of them are being raised without fathers, and so they are angry about that, and then their mothers have turned them away from their fathers,” Peterson explained. “They’re mad about that.”
But people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and President Barack Obama redirect the anger of young black men toward white people, according to Peterson. In fact, the reverend contends Obama is harnessing black anger to redistribute more societal power to black people.
“That’s why Barack Obama is promoting this insanity that’s happening around the universities, because he wants to replace the white man, take the power away from him, and put in some black person that agrees with him,” he said.
Peterson said he believes Obama is consumed by anger directed toward white people.
He noted the president grew up without his father around, and his mother taught him America was a racist society. That is why, Peterson surmises, Obama shares the mindset of Black Lives Matter and other black protesters.
“Obama grew up hating white Americans,” he said. “And the fact that he grew up away from his father, he has an emptiness, a void within him, because the worst thing that can happen to a child – no matter the color – is to be turned away from their father. So Obama has a lot of anger, and that’s why he can relate to Black Lives Matter and others.”
Peterson asserted that no government handouts or favoritism can fill the empty souls of children without fathers. That’s why he thinks government efforts to heal the black community are counterproductive and have “spoiled” the black community.
“For the last 50 years, America has been giving to black folks,” the reverend declared. “We gave them affirmative action. We gave them integrated schools, whatever they asked for. But if you notice, it’s only gotten worse. That’s what happens with spoiled people. They hate you when you spoil them, and then they hate you when you try to take the stuff away from them.”
So for white people, the answer, according to Peterson, is to boldly and firmly stand up to black intimidators, just as GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump did at a recent rally. When a Black Lives Matter protester disrupted Trump’s speech, the candidate ordered someone to “get him the hell out of here.”
“I like the way Donald Trump dealt with that,” Peterson said. “He dealt with it with authority, without fear, and wasn’t being all wimpy and nice and mamma mia about it.
“This is how you have to deal with these people, because if you don’t stop evil in its tracks, there’s no end to its destruction.”