Jesse Lee Peterson is known for his extremely conservative views on Black issues. The reverend and frequent Fox News guest can often be heard on his radio show denying the existence of modern-day racism and has even admitted that he does not acknowledge White supremacy. So, it makes perfect sense that Peterson would insinuate that Emanuel AMC shooter and perceived White supremacist Dylann Roof was likely not being racist in his action, but was frustrated that Blacks will no longer allow him to express himself.
Peterson was a guest on Steve Malzberg’s Newsmax TV on Thursday and talked about how racism is over and why Whites speaking up against being called racist will prevent more mass shootings.
He expressed his displeasure with President Barack Obama’s press meeting about the Charleston, South Carolina church.
“(Obama) implied that racism is still an issue in America today for Black people from White folks, when it’s absolutely not true,” Peterson said. “You have the Department of Justice and others calling it a hate crime even before they knew — before the dust settled, they called it a hate crime, which is encouraging or verifying for a lot of angry Black people that racism is a problem.”
He then explained that Roof’s actions were not the result of him hating Black people, but rather, that he could not express his feelings on race.
“The man that killed these people said to them before killing them that Black people have been raping and killing our people or raping our women and killing them, and this is like a payback,” he explained. “I’ve been saying to White Americans for the last 25 years, warning them and warning them that you need to start speaking up instead of holding that anger in, because you could get so angry that you’ll come out fighting in the wrong manner.”
Peterson insisted that White people need to stop allowing themselves to be labeled as racist and confront Black Americans when they are accused.
“White people are feeling fear,” Peterson said. “If they should speak up, they’re called racists, and they are feeling guilt because they feel a sense of responsibility for what’s going on when they really have nothing to do with it.”
Rev. Peterson warns that if Whites don’t release their frustrations soon, there may be more mass shootings such as the one in Charleston.
“I’ve been concerned for a long time that if they don’t open up and express themselves and say, ‘No,’ when they’re called racists, we’re going to see more killing,” he said of distraught Whites. “I want to be wrong, but we are going to see — especially young white men and women — we’re going to see more of them carrying out acts like the one we just saw in South Carolina.”