Jesse Lee Peterson never ceases to astonish me with how badly he wants to deny the reality of racism, despite being a black man himself. He’s like Frank Drebben yelling “nothing to see here, please disperse” while things explode behind him. Listen to his absolutely bizarre take on the arrest of two black men in a Starbucks who had done nothing wrong whatsoever.
“The police showed up and asked them to leave and they still would not leave because blacks have been taught now that they do not have to respect the authority of the police,” Peterson said on his radio program today. “This has been in the making for years now by the race hustlers; they’ve been telling black youth that cops are against you because of your color and whenever they stop you or deal with you, it’s because of that. And because most blacks are already angry at their mothers and yearning for their fathers, they believe that lie that the cops are after them.”
“There were white people in this place,” he continued, “and they were, according to reports, eagerly happy to assist the black people, calling it racism, saying to the cops, ‘Why are you arresting them? Is it because they’re black?’ White people who do this, you’re stupid because you are only encouraging black people to hate you even more so. By pandering to them, pretending to love them, going along with them when they’re wrong, you’re making them hate you even more so. They’re not going to love you for that.Peterson insisted that “good black people are not getting in trouble [because] they’re doing the right thing, they’re following the laws of their hearts and the laws of the land” and so “these godless blacks and white liberals, who are of their father, the devil, have to go out and stir up and use the bad black people.”
How does one become this blinded to reality? How does one become so zealous to deny what is so pervasively obvious to anyone with eyes and a brain? Some of this is clearly some weapons-grade psychological projection. It’s Peterson who is absolutely desperate to ingratiate himself with not just white people, but with racist white people in particular, so he happily plays the role of their black friend who agrees with them that racism doesn’t exist and they put a megaphone in front of him so everyone can see that a black man agrees with them, thus absolving them of any insinuation of being racist. It’s like a Dave Chapelle character has sprung to life.