Bush-loving black pastor: it's the poor darkies' fault
“If black folks want to blame someone for this tragedy they only need to look in the mirror.”
— Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, head of Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny
House Blender Scott found an article on one of Bush’s newfound friends – another pastor seduced by the faith-based cookie jar. This one is Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny).
Peterson’s definitely had the Mehlman Kool-Aid, so much of it that this pious pastor is ready to put the blame on the human tragedy of New Orleans squarely where he thinks it belongs — on the poor black people themselves. He must have received the cheat sheet faxed out of Rove’s office that also implicates Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco for all the administrative f*ckups. This is sick. (Cybercast News Service):
A black conservative leader says don’t blame racism or President Bush for what happened to thousands of black people during and after Hurricane Katrina.
“The truth is black people died, not because of President Bush or racism, they died because of their unhealthy dependence on the government and the incompetence of Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco,” said the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND (the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny).
Peterson singled out the Rev. Jesse Jackson, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and rapper Kanye West, all of whom blamed President Bush for not doing enough to help black people, especially in New Orleans, where TV images showed scenes of desperation and violence that continued for several days after the hurricane hit.
Jackson called President Bush’s response “incompetent” and charged that racism is partly to blame for the slow evacuation of survivors; and during a nationally televised fundraising event on NBC, West said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Not fair, said the Rev. Peterson: “If black folks want to blame someone for this tragedy they only need to look in the mirror.” Mayor Nagin has blamed everyone else except himself, when it was Nagin who failed in his duty to evacuate and protect city residents, Peterson said.
Nagin and Blanco deserve their share of blame, but to let Bush off the hook is a sign of mental illness here.
I think Rev. Peterson deserves his personal set of Klan sheets if he thinks racism had nothing to do with what has unfolded. This pastor buyout is worse than I thought.