| Aug 17, 2013
Jesse Lee Peterson hit all the right (or wrong) buttons: Gays aren't born that way, most African Americans hate whites, and President Obama is the worst thing to happen to this country. In his interview with Patt Morrison published Wednesday, the South L....
| Aug 26, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and if you've missed all the hoopla surrounding it in the past week, you must have been making a conscious effort to avoid it.
I think anniversary commemorations are...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 5:19 PM
Civil right leaders from across the country sent a letter this week to Gov. Jerry Brown encouraging him to support legislation that would ban expulsions and restrict suspensions for "willful defiance" in California schools.
The bill, by Assemblyman...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 11:07 AM
WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
Jackson, the 48-year-old son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson,...
| Aug 14, 2013
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 5:20 PM
Najee Ali is an old hand at activism. Jesse Jackson was his mentor; he's Al Sharpton's protege. So Ali thought he had everything in place for a peaceful protest of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case this week.
But somewhere between the opening...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 2:20 PM
Paula Deen's appearance on the "Today" show was supposed to help stop her business partners from heading out the door.
Instead, Deen's interview with host Matt Lauer appears to have triggered a chain reaction. In the 24 hours since the appearance,...
| Mar 11, 2013
There was plenty to grouse about in the first round of the Los Angeles mayor's race. Instead of real discussion of the city's issues, the candidates offered evasive cliches. A deluge of debates reduced almost every serious policy position to a sound bite....
| Feb 2, 2013
In the late 1970s when Edward I. Koch won his first term as mayor of New York, the city was in shambles, its coffers and confidence sapped by financial crises and a paralyzing blackout. It needed a fighter and found one in Koch, a well-practiced pol...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 4:32 PM
I got a clue even before my column ran this week that its subject — what "Negro" means these days — might make some folks uncomfortable.
I'd pulled up to the valet stand at the Hilton and waited while the young man fumbled through the...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Paula Deen's biggest backer -- Food Network -- quickly distanced itself Wednesday from the N-word controversy swirling around one of its most recognizable stars.
"Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of...