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Hannity’s Bigoted Pal Says He’s Changing The Name Of The White House To “Big Mama’s House”

Reported by Ellen - March 20, 2010 -

Sean Hannity welcomed back his bigoted pal, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, last night (3/19/10). You probably recall that Peterson is the African American who can’t seem to face a Fox News camera without accusing other African Americans of racism. In some of his noteworthy prior appearances, he characterized “most blacks” in Tennessee as racists and, in a later appearance announced, “I think we all agree that Barack Obama was elected mostly by black racists and white guilty people.” Despite such inflammatory, anti-African American rhetoric, Peterson keeps getting invited back. Last night, Peterson topped off a slew of racially-tinged, anti-Obama rhetoric by declaring, "I have changed the White House from being the White House to Big Mama’s House." Kudos to Professor Caroline Heldman for calling him on his racist remark. With video.

Rather than distance himself from Peterson, Hannity told viewers “I am a proud board member” of Peterson’s organization. In reality, Hannity is on the advisory board of the organization (BOND), not on the board of directors, as he implied.

Last night, Peterson was part of the “Great American Panel” segment. He began by telling Sean Hannity, who has his own very questionable record on race, “For the last 20 years, you’ve helped hundreds and hundreds of young black men and boys get their lives together and they all want to thank you and I want to thank you for them.”

You have to wonder how many black men actually told him to thank Hannity, the guy who gave a sympathetic platform on his radio show to a white supremacist (currently facing charges for threatening the lives of three federal judges and inciting violence against two Connecticut legislators), the guy who rushes to the aid of every white person accused of racism and the guy who not only has no problem with Peterson’s racist remarks, but who also refused to allow his other guest to challenge Peterson when he said, “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... They always use racism in order to intimidate white America.”

In fact, Hannity showed no concern later that night when Peterson said he was renaming the White House and even seemed to discount the possibility that Peterson could be a racist.

This time, Peterson added a little Beckian rhetoric to his usual roster of racial accusations against Obama. “Barack Obama is destroying America based on lies. This thing is about the redistribution of wealth. It’s about black liberation theology. Obama lied during the primaries. He’s been lying ever since… (Most Americans) don’t realize that they have been seduced by this man and he doesn’t care about what is right… This guy is not on our side. Obama, in all honesty, is the Congressional Black Caucus. He is Louis Farrakhan. He is Rev. Wright… He is all of them wrapped up in one. If we allow this health care thing to happen. He is going to turn America into Detroit. And we cannot let this happen.”

Peterson later said that if health care reform does happen, “It is over, over for America.”

And, like other Fox News guests and hosts lately, Peterson and Hannity made a pitch for an anti-health care rally in Washington over the weekend.

Then, for his grand finale, Peterson painted the battle as “good vs. evil.” “We are literally fighting against evil,” he said. “I never thought – and I grew up on a plantation in Alabama – I never thought that there would come a time in our country that we would have to fight with the type of evil that we’re dealing through.”

Heldman, another guest on the panel, interrupted Peterson to say, “I didn’t think I would ever be on a panel with someone who thinks that providing health insurance to poor people in the United States is evil.”

Peterson claimed that was not what he meant. When Heldman asked him to explain what he had meant, he made it pretty clear she had it right in the first place. “You literally have the government wanting to take over your life and tell you how to do it. He wants us to take care of people who really will not get up and take care of themselves… You know what? I have changed the White House from being the White House to Big Mama’s House. (Hannity gave a deep chuckle)… because Michelle wants to tell us…”

Heldman interrupted again, “I find that to be racist! …That’s offensive to me.”

“You’re calling him a racist?” Hannity said, incredulously.

“Yes!” Heldman reiterated. “Actually, absolutely.”

“I’m black!” Peterson protested.

“I’m sorry, being black doesn’t mean you can’t be a racist,” Heldman said, obviously and rightly disgusted.

“No, you can’t,” Peterson insisted.

“Yes, you can,” Heldman gave it back.

Hannity ended the segment.

I have no doubt Peterson will continue to be welcomed back again and again, no matter what he says.

Please consider contacting the show at hannity@foxnews.com and asking them why, if they're not anti-African American, they keep allowing Peterson back on the air.