PETERSON DENOUNCES FARRAKHAN, MILLIONS MORE MOVEMENT & MOST BLACKS AS “RACIST”
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson (JLP) recently issued a press statement questioning the motives of the Millions More Movement (MMM) and its organizers. His statement was released on the heels of the May 9 ADL press release requesting Black leaders reconsider their support of MMM events scheduled to mark the ten year anniversary of the Million Man March. Peterson is the author of “SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America,” and is also President and Founder of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny). AdeebaFolami.com (AFC) spoke with him, May 6, regarding his criticisms of the MMM.
(AFC) - Were you one of the 30 or more leaders who received the ADL letter earlier this week?
(JLP) - As far as I know, I did not receive a letter but I did get the ADL's press release. [My release] wasn't in response to it but I do support what they're saying.
(AFC) - What would you say to those who would consider your statement representative of a crab in the barrel mentality?
(JLP) - They need to get over their racist, resentful attitude toward White Americans so they can see the point I'm making.
(AFC) - How is the Millions More Movement racist and separatist, as stated in your published comments?
(JLP) - Louis Farrakhan is a racist and is anti-Semitic. He has never publicly apologized for the hatred and the racist comments and statements he's made over the years in that he called White folks, ‘blue-eyed devils,’ and Jews, ‘blood sucking Jews,’ causing even more hostility between the races. He's never apologized for that publicly and because of that, I only can assume he's still the racist demagogue that he's always been.
(AFC) - You're assuming that? What have you heard from the MMM that leads you to believe it's racist and anti-Semitic? There is more than [Min. Farrakhan] involved in this movement.
(JLP) - So called Black leaders who are involved with him are racist themselves: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, most of the Black preachers are all racist anyway.... If this was a crowd of White folks getting together with the same people but they were White, America would be up in arms about it. Black folks would be burning down America today, but because these folks are Black, and most Black people are racist toward White Americans, Louis Farrakhan and the others are allowed to get away with it.
(AFC) - You said most Blacks are racist toward White Americans?
(JLP) - Right, that's why you can have the so called Million Man March or MMM because Blacks are racist and allow this type of crap to go on because it is feeding something inside of them. If the Ku Klux Klan or Skinheads brought together Christian White people, Black folks would be upset about it.
(AFC) - Would you say the reverse is true, that most White Americans are racist toward Blacks?
(JLP) - No, most White Americans are not racist toward Blacks today, there are some Whites who are racist but not most.
(AFC) - As a Black person, are you racism free?
(JLP) - Yes, I don't look at people based on their race, I look at them based on their character.
(AFC) - I just want to repeat, you said most Black Americans are racist?
(JLP) - Yes, that's why they can accept a person like Louis Farrakhan because he's feeding something that's already in their soul. This is also a set up. Louis Farrakhan and others who are putting together this so called MMM want to collect billions of dollars and put it in Black banks under the pretense of helping Black folks move forward.
My questions are: where is the money they raised with the so called Million Man March? Why haven't Black folks been helped with that? Why is it that Black folks need a so-called leader to take their money and manage it for them, what's wrong with Black folks that they're not capable of taking care of themselves and managing their own finances?....To me, it should be an insult to Black folks that they have to turn over their lives to some hateful, corrupt Black leader or preacher to lead their lives for them, they should be ashamed.
(AFC) - Do you consider all the Christian preachers, male and female, involved in this movement, as racist as you consider Min. Farrakhan?
(JLP) - Without a doubt, because there's no way you could be of God and support evil.
(AFC) - There are many people of different beliefs, philosophies and groups coming together to unite for this movement, have you attempted to address your concerns with any of these people?
(JLP) - When you say attempted to address my concerns, I'm doing that now by exposing Louis Farrakhan and trying to get Black folks to see what they're doing.
(AFC) - Apart from issuing a widely circulated press release, did you pick up a phone and try to call anyone?
(JLP) - Yeah, the producer of my radio show, I do a national call-in radio show, and we've tried to get some who are participating in this so-called MMM to come on and thus far they're cowards hiding behind their pulpits and Bibles. [They] will not come on.
(AFC) - Who have you requested to be on the show?
(JLP) - One of the persons he tried to get was this Christian preacher who is hosting this thing or is up front with it.
(AFC) - Willie Wilson?
(JLP) - Let me get the names. Jesse Jackson, Farrakhan himself, [Al] Sharpton, [Maulana] Karenga, and also Wilson.
(AFC) - When were these requests made?
(JLP) - They are cowards, they stand behind other Black folks and accuse White Americans but when Blacks who are not racist, love this country, and stand up for what is right try and get them to come and talk, they won't because they know they're gonna lose the debate.
(AFC) - Do you know any other preachers standing with you, or who agree with the position you hold?
(JLP) - I'm not aware of any at this time.
(AFC) - Thank you.