Since he's so concerned about President Obama's "radical associations," we’d like to hear Hannity’s explanation for sitting on the advisory board of a charity run by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. We’ve got a video showing African American Peterson thanking God and the white man for slavery and comparing slave ships to riding coach in an airplane: “It’s a tough ride. But you’re happy when you get to your destination.” UPDATED.
Sean Hannity has been obsessed with his widely-ridiculed “exposé” that shows President Obama introducing and then hugging “radical” (read: racist) Harvard professor Derrick Bell at a Harvard demonstration in 1990. According to Hannity, this is proof that Obama is a racist radical, too.
So what does Hannity say about the comments of his pal, Peterson, seen in a video below (uploaded to YouTube in 2008) thanking God and the white man for slavery? Specifically, Peterson says:
“I’ve often said that, ‘Thank God for slavery,’ because, you know, had not, then the blacks over here would have been stuck in Africa… Everybody and their Mama are trying to get out of Africa and come to America and so God has a way of looking out for folks and He made it possible by way of slavery to get black folks into this country.
…I thank God that He saw fit for me to get here. Never mind that, you know, (my ancestors) were sold… by Arabs and blacks to white folks… The ride over was pretty tough but you know, it’s like riding on a crowded airplane when you’re not in First Class. It’s a tough ride. But you’re happy when you get to your desitination… I thank God that he got me here and to show my appreciation to the blacks who suffered as the result of coming here, and Arabs and blacks who sold us to the white man, the white man for going there and getting us and bringing us here, I want to say, ‘Thanks.’”
Unlike Obama, Hannity hasn’t just made a few casual remarks of support for Peterson or given him a passing hug. Hannity repeatedly hosts Peterson on the Hannity show and sits on the advisory board of Peterson’s charity. Think Hannity doesn’t know Peterson’s thoughts on race? Here are just some of the things he has said in Hannity’s presence:
“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 (political) campaign like this, such as this, they always use racism in order to intimidate white America.” (8/6/08 Hannity & Colmes)
“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.” (2/3/09 Hannity)
“(Obama) 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.” (3/19/10 Hannity)
“…(W)hite Americans are afraid. They are afraid of being called a racist. And anytime you are afraid, your enemy will overtake you… And I’m giving white folks permission to start speaking up.” (1/22/08 Hannnity & Colmes)
Coinicidentally, Peterson’s comments about slavery echo remarks reportedly made by white supremacist Hal Turner (currently in prison for threatening three federal judges) to Hannity, during his radio show. In 2005, Max Blumenthal wrote in TheNation.com, “During an August 1998 episode of the show, Turner reminded Hannity that were it not for the graciousness of the white man, “black people would still be swinging on trees in Africa,” according to Daryle Jenkins, co-founder of the New Jersey-based antiracism group One People’s Project. Instead of rebuking Turner or cutting him off, Hannity continued to welcome his calls.”
In another 2005 article for The Nation, Blumenthal noted that Peterson is supported by right-wing figures not despite such comments but because of them: “While Peterson's strident style may be unique, with his extremist politics he is merely playing the role of front man for a murky, well-funded network of white nationalist activists and right-wing Beltway operatives.”
The video below was posted in May, 2008, and begins with Hannity railing against then-candidate Barack Obama over his associations.
UPDATE: My email to Hannity asking for an explanation was returned, "Mailbox unavailable or access denied." Apparently, Hannity has blocked me, apparently over my last email to him, in August, 2011, saying that if Obama is a radical over his casual relationship with Bill Ayers, then Hannity really needs to explain the significance of his relationship with Hal Turner.
You, Petersen, and Palin are projecting hatred and stereotyping. Exactly who do you think is saying, “let’s hate the white man”? Acknowledging the horror of slavery (or germ warfare against native Americans) no more entails hating white people than accepting the reality of the holocast entails hating Germans. Avoiding the truth is not a sound means of avoiding hatred. Hatred is best minimized through moderation, maturity and perspective, factors in short supply at Fox.
I believe that he is just trying to get away from the let’s hate the white man racism.
Palin is sort of on the same track.
We all need to find areas of agreement and to appreciate our differences. Hating gets us no where.
In any event, let Hannity explain and defend it. He’s the one palling around with this guy.
So — today, according to Berry, President Obama is an “arrogant, narcissistic braggart” . . . and tomorrow, according to Rush Limpballs, he’ll be an “incompetent man-child.”
You wingnuts need to keep your narratives straight . . .
So yeah,I don’t know anything about the history,eh?
And to the point,I highly doubt your ancestors were dragged over here in the bottom of a boat. I highly doubt that you’re a person of color at all. I have never,in my life aside from very few Americans of color talk about how ‘grateful’ they were for their ancestors being enslaved. Most of htose folks suffered greatly,and no few died on the voyage over in the bellies of those ships. TO act like it was a walk in the park is rediculos in the extreme,and only something a paid shill or someone who has no idea of the sufferage endured would speak about in those terms.
Looking through your comments convinces me of these things. That you aren’t in any way attached to this issue on a personal level,and that in fact,you’re just another Conservative blowhard who speaks of things they don’t know,have never known,and will never know as if they have insight.
In essence,most likely a sockpuppet.
In answer to your question, I see Peterson’s point in all its ridiculousness. It founders right out of the gate when one realizes African blacks could (and a few still can) emmigrate to the free part of America without “benefit” of slavery, and many more blacks perhaps would have had they not feared falling into slavery on our shores.
Here are some things to consider about the points you make beyond Peterson:
1) One can’t talk with conviction about history one hasn’t lived? Say what? That’s just the kind of shallow, dismissive line that an O’Reilly would use, although O’Reilly presumably wouldn’t now use exactly that pseudo-principle given the conviction with which he’s incessantly peddling his book on Lincoln’s assassination.
2) News flash: there were more “results” of slavery than just the presence of blacks in America. Slavery crippled blacks in ways not experienced by any other immigrants. To recognize this is not necessarily to argue for reparations, despite your Foxy effort to inject reparations into the discussion.
3) The last parts of your comment are not just highly debatable, but more importantly, irrelevant to this subject. I don’t blame you for trying to change the subject.
If, as Peterson says, we’re supposed to be so thankful for slavery, why was Lady Blah Blah [Palin] so upset a a few days ago about President Obama’s supposed efforts to reinstate it?
âHe is bringing us back, Sean, to days that (she fumbled for words) you can hearken back to days before the Civil War when, unfortunately, too many Americans mistakenly believed that not all men were created equal.â
Oh wait, I forgot: slavery is hunky-dory as long as it’s being propagated against blacks . . . if it’s being proposed against whites, as Obama is attempting — even though he really ISN’T — it’s dangerous.
Wingnuttery at it’s finest.
Do you see his point?
He’s obviously talking about the results – not the ordeal. And none of us can really talk about that ordeal with any conviction nowadays – everyone who knew it is now dead.
You also mentioned something about choosing friends or people to back and you brought up Pres. Obama. Well now, he has chosen some off-the-wall people as well as throwing money at pet people and projects. Wow!
Thomas Berry wrote, “Weâre being governed by statists who want three things and three things only: Enrichment and power for themselves and their friends; expansion of government power; and diminishment or elimination of our liberty. That, and the agenda of an arrogant, narcissistic braggart in the White House, is why we are angry.”
There is no comparison to me be made. The things he tries to compare aren’t in any way analogous.
I hate to use this cliche,as it’s been used far too often in my opinion,but Petersen is the epitome of uncle Tom in this case. Waiting in his livery on the ’massah,and turning in those who try to escape from the farm.
Comparing the inhumanly brutal Atlantic voyage of slaves to a ‘crowded airplane ride’ is the moral equivalent of Holocast denial. It’s the kind of thing that (thankfully) you don’t much publicly hear outside of Nazi and Klan rallies (and the case of the Holocast, add Iran to that list). Fox rightly attacks black racisim against whites, as I think it at least sometimes would attack white racisim directed against blacks voiced by whites. But for Hannity, it seems, white racist concepts should be propagated if they are voiced by blacks.
—Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:192
As for Hannity… I said it before, he’s about to go bye-bye. His ratings are struggling, and word is Ailes has started to see him as something of an albatross. If the efforts to extend Limbaugh’s boycotts to him hold, he could be without a radio show as well when this is over.
For Flight 714 this is you captain speaking. We are now headed for the neo-Gulag. You will not be served food & you will not have contact with your families ever again. When you are de-planed you will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and sent to their mining operations where you will work unpaid until your death. Don’t worry, Rev. Peterson says you’ll thank God for this experience.
Do you think Herman Cain agrees with Peterson?
Speaking as an African American male, for another African American man to say that is just JAW-DROPPINGLY stupid. That’s all I have to say.