Reverend Jesse Peterson–Red, Black & Gingrich?
“A conservative black preacher has backed Newt Gringrich after the Republican presidential candidate came under fire for saying poor black children should work as janitors.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, who founded a Tea Party organization in South Central L.A, says that Gingrich was 100 per cent correct that blacks lack work ethic and that his own solution was to ‘send them back to the plantation’.
‘One of the things that I would do is take all black people back to the South and put them on the plantation so they would understand the ethic of working,’ Peterson told The Huffington Post’s Black Voices.“
I suspect that Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson has a kind of mental/emotional disability that I may have seen before— back when I was in college. The part of the city where most of the black people resided was called “the west side.” The school had a top-ranked Division 1 basketball program and there was a black player recruited from some other state who clearly had all kinds of learning disabilities. I don’t just mean that he showed educational deprivation. I mean this fellow was “special.” And, so, he got special privileges with the powerful white folks in the administration and student body. They took him to all of the athletic department’s community relations events. He was always with them in the student plaza at the most social times of the day and was even a frequent guest in the white fraternity houses where few black people had even walked past. Somebody gave him the name “West Side.”
This fellow just loved to talk even though only about 3 in 20 of his words could be understood by anybody else. He was usually loud, happy, and excited— and never had a clue that no one understood what the heck he was saying. When people laughed at him, he thought they were laughing with him. But, when he was serious, his syllables were just as unintelligible. It never crossed his mind that he was not being taken seriously. Whenever he was asked what was his real name, he insisted it was, “West Side.” His white “friends” were always right there to help him defend that title.
The semester before I made the acquaintance of West Side, I had a white history professor. The professor said of the students who had failed an early exam but chose not to drop the class before the deadline, “Fools are to be pitied, not censured.” When I get angry enough at other black people’s reactions to the things that white folks say or do that I want to “put a foot up somebody’s black a%$,” I realize how foolish that is. Yep, pity me and pity Reverend Peterson. But, let’s keep an eye on those most responsible for our problems. Dealing with them is going to require more than a swift, hard kick. White folks have drones and satellites. Better get to work.