Jesse Lee Peterson, Hannity's Favorite African American: I Think We All Agree That Barack Obama Was Elected Mostly By Black Racists And White Guilty People
Reported by Ellen - February 4, 2009 -
Sean Hannity finally made a show of distancing himself from one of his favorite African American guests, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. During last night's (2/3/09) Hannity, Peterson announced, “I think we all agree that Barack Obama was elected by, mostly by black racists and white guilty people.” Although Hannity professed to be shocked by Peterson's remarks, he has a long history of making such statements in Hannity's presence. Also, Hannity is associated with Peterson's organization, BOND, and gave no indication he would discontinue that association. Furthermore, Peterson is booked tomorrow on FOX & Friends. Will FOX News continue to welcome him? All indications are that they will. With video.
As soon as Peterson had a chance to speak, he launched his racial attack against Obama: “I think we all agree that Barack Obama was elected by, mostly by black racists and white guilty people. Most black Americans, 96 percent of them, are racists who (unintelligible) white Americans. And white folks feel guilty and they are afraid of being called racists,” Peterson said.
This was too much even for Hannity, who usually tacitly approves Peterson's bigoted rants. This time, Hannity said, “Do you really believe 96% of black America is racist? You don't believe that.”
“Yes, sir,” Peterson answered.
“No, you don't believe that,” Hannity repeated.
OK, so maybe Hannity thinks Peterson believes only 90% of blacks are racist. Because that is exactly the kind of thing that Peterson has been saying for years on Hannity & Colmes, without a peep of objection from Hannity.
For example, last summer, Peterson said about a racially charged primary in Memphis, “Most blacks, not all but most in Tennessee, especially in the Memphis, Tennessee area, are still living in the 50’s and 60’s. They are so racist that they don’t even realize that white Americans have moved on. And so whenever there’s a campaign like this, such as this, they always use racism in order to intimidate white America.”
Not only did Hannity not interrupt then, he refused to allow the other guest, who was duly outraged, to make a point in opposition.
Similarly, in December, 2006, Peterson told Hannity that it was “commonplace” for blacks to have antagonism against whites, that whites should speak up about it but can't because they'll likely be labeled as racists. Hannity responded by saying, “Always love having you,” to Peterson.
So Hannity's surprise at Peterson's latest attack on black Americans was somewhat suspect. It's especially so given that Peterson's latest effort, which he hyped later in the show, is the Stop Obama's Socialist Change Tour which lists, as one of its 10 reasons to “fear an Obama Nation:”
Making Dr. King’s Dream A Nightmare—for Black and White. Barack Obama has encouraged black Americans to worship him as a “Messiah”, and is planning to hand out government funds under the guise of a “stimulous package” to those who won’t work (this is the payoff expected by many of his constituents).
Peterson continued with a line that was reminiscent of his 2006 remarks above. “As we move on, with Barack Obama being in there, you're not going to be able to speak out against him at all unless you, you will be called a racist.”
Hannity, with hammy humor, indicated he did in fact have some concern about being called a racist because he's a white critic of Obama. “So you think – as a chief critic of Obama – Well, I've been called a Nazi and everything else,” he said. Then he added that he thought “97% of Americans are not (racist).” (Comment: I've alleged for years that Hannity is a bigot but not because he criticizes Obama.)
Peterson went on to accuse those who voted for Obama of having done so “because they have a socialist mentality. If you want to know what socialism looks like, look at the black community.”
Hannity continued by suggesting that blacks are at least partly racist. He said, “I don't like the fact that 90%, if you go by demographics, of the African American community votes Democrat... Do you really think it's, though, based almost entirely on race?” (my emphasis)
Yes, Peterson did think that was the reason. That, plus the “take care of me mentality” of most blacks. “You've had most of the black preachers voting for him, and I say that there is no way that you could believe in God and vote for a person like Barack Obama... He's going to take away from those willing to work hard and give to those willing to work.”
The other two members of the panel, Alicia Menendez, daughter of Senator Robert Menendez, and TruTV host Ashleigh Banfield, seemed stunned and neither replied with the kind of outrage that Peterson merited. However, the young Menendez showed a lot of promise. I cheered earlier in the segment when she told Hannity, “That's fresh and wrong and you know it!” in response to his lead-off attack against Democrats. Go, Alicia!