‘Protesting Violence With Violence’: Black Leader Cites Godless ‘Thugs’ for Baltimore Riots


BALTIMORE, Md. — A prominent black Christian leader who works with youth is decrying the Baltimore riots that destroyed parts of the city on Monday, and is calling upon the nation to address the spiritual and domestic root of the problem instead of fueling unnecessary racial tension.

Businesses throughout Baltimore went up in flames last night after protesters broke out in an angry rampage throughout the streets following the funeral of Freddy Gray, a 25-year-old with a long rap sheet who died earlier this month from spinal injuries following an arrest.

Windows were smashed, liquor stores and other establishments were looted, and cars were overturned and set on fire. Reports state that some protesters cut holes in the Baltimore Fire Department’s hose as they sought to put out the flames that engulfed a CVS store, and a brand new nursing home that had been built for elderly residents was also destroyed in the violence.

Over a dozen police officers were injured after protesters–mainly teenage youth—decided to throw chunks of cinder blocks, rocks, bottles and sticks at law enforcement. Some carried baseball bats and pipes. One officer was reportedly found unresponsive while others suffered broken bones or cuts.

The violence became so severe that the National Guard was called in to patrol the city, and Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency.

“Today’s acts of looting and violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated,” he declared in a statement. “[T]here is a significant difference between protesting and violence.”

Jesse Lee Peterson, a California pastor, president of the organization BOND (the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), and leader of the BOND Leadership Academy for youth likewise told Christian News Network that he found it ironic that the protesters decried perceived police violence by being violent.

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“These people are out there protesting what they call violence with violence,” Peterson lamented. “That’s not the way to solve a problem.”

“They’re not gaining the sympathy of the American people with these types of actions—by burning and looting and hurting police officers and throwing rocks at cops,” he continued. “If anything, they’re turning the people away from them.”

Peterson said that he found the disrespect for authority on the streets to be astounding.

“Did you ever think that in America you would see thugs throw rocks and stones at police officers, and the officers are running away?” he asked.

But Peterson said that the anger that spilled out onto the streets of Baltimore on Monday did not begin just yesterday; it began years ago in their own families.

“The anger that you see in black men, … it started in the home first,” he explained. “They’re angry that their fathers are not there for them—because the father is the spiritual head of of his wife and children. The father is the love of the family, and when that’s gone, it creates anger.”

BaltimoreThe California minister and radio host said that many youth turn that anger into criminal activity.

“[M]ost if not all of these black men who are getting in trouble with police officers today, they have criminal records. They’re running away from cops; they’re attacking cops; they’re not following the instructions of the officers,” Peterson outlined. “And you don’t hear any of these so-called black leaders or liberal media folk talk about that at all.”

Instead, he stated, black youth who are already bitter from growing up in single parent homes are indoctrinated to believe that white people are out to suppress them.

“Instead of dealing with that anger that starts in the home first, you have these race hustlers and poverty pimps and socialist liberals telling them that it’s white racism,” Peterson said, remarking that he believes those such as Barack Obama and Al Sharpton are perpetuating untruths. “And because these kids are in a state of anger separated from God [and] separated from their fathers, they can’t see a lie from the truth.”

And as a result, they act out in the streets, including in the manner they did in Baltimore on Monday.

“The problem is not the police officers,” Peterson stated. “The problem is the destruction of the family, the lack of moral character, the lack of respect for authority and [the lack of respect for] other people’s property.”

Peterson opined that until Christians start being a light in the world and urge youth—including black youth—to come to faith and repentance in Christ, matters will only continue to deteriorate in our nation.

“[I]f Christians don’t deal with what the real problem is, evil is only going to get worse. It’s not going to stop,” he said. “It takes the truth to defeat evil. Not fear and not a lie.”

Photo: Fox13

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  • Lorraine McMillion

    Amen! We are seeing the results of sin and people decaying from lack of responsibility for their own actions. Your words should go viral!

  • mspicky

    I wouldn’t say all of them are angry because their dad’s are not in the picture. Some of them are angry because they have been falsely jailed and have a criminal record now,they’re out, but because they have criminal records they can’t find work. I will never agree to looting and hurting people that’s not the way to solve any problem, it only add to it. The pastor spoke out against the violence, t but how about doing what JESUS did come from behind the four walls and extend your hand to them and show them the way out. We Christians can talk about the problem , but some will not come out and do the works JESUS did ( John 14- 12 ) speaks for itself. Less talking about the problems and more action from christians . ( Matthew 9-37 ) . The harvest is plentiful but the labors are few. It’s time to go to the fields Christians and the time is now not later.

    • Coach

      The pastor actually is doing something. He’s speaking rather than remaining silent. If he remained behind the 4 walls, he wouldn’t be speaking out. I don’t know him personally, but he works with you, so it seems that he is doing what Jesus mentioned in John 14:12

      • Ruth Davis

        I am talking about going out in the streets and evangelizing and saving souls . Words must have action to them or the words are dead. We must stop living in fear and pick up our cross and follow JESUS . Noone wants to put their life in danger I understand that , but isn’t that what JESUS did for us?

        • Coach

          Correct Ruth, how are you putting this into practice?

          • Ruth Davis

            I witness to children everyday in my neighborhood. Any other questions?

          • Coach

            No, none, good to know and please forgive me if I came off as being overly critical, that wasn’t my intention. Our job is to see, speak, and act. Without the guidance of Christ, we can do none of those things.

  • PBinLosAngeles

    If you want to know what “Community Organizers” do, you’re seeing it –
    and we have been seeing it throughout the current president’s
    administration: Rub people’s emotions raw to hype their resentments. And
    this was Barack Obama in his old community organizer role, a role that
    should have warned those who thought that he was someone who would bring
    us together, when he was all too well practiced in the arts of
    polarizing us apart.

    • weasel1886

      In your book we should never do anything to improve the world, blame others for our failures.

  • Norma Ross

    Good words from this black Pastor. Only hope black people in Baltimore read this and learn some lessons!

    • weasel1886

      His thoughts and ideas are junk and evil

      • Ruth Davis

        You sound just like Micheal Burnham who troll christian sites with his ugly views and garlic mouth never have anything good to say. Weasel your way back to your hole and cover your ears and mouth until you have something good to say. Amen

        • weasel1886

          I have never hears him say folks that riot after football games are Godless thugs. Then he blames Obama like the world was perfect before 2008

          • Ruth Davis

            I agree some what . Under the obama administration there’s been more poverty than ever , beside republicans just got the control of the Senate, so you can’t blame them.

          • weasel1886

            I often forget that the country was perfect before Obama. Thanks for setting me straight

  • JoAnne Harrison

    Not having my own father in my life most of my life, spent my childhood in foster homes and this left me very angry with the whole world! The destruction of the family is indeed the issue here. Only love can conquer hate. It is the love of God in Christ Jesus that showed me that God, my Father loves me, and He loves all, He doesn’t love our sin, and this is why Jesus Christ came and died, to reconcile us back to our Father! When children have a fatherless home, they have the wrong view of God the Father; just like I did. I didn’t believe that God loved me, cared anything about me…but this was a big lie…the fact of the Cross reveals just how much God loves the world! We as Christians need to love people just as they are, and live authentic, loving Christ like lives, (not perfect, cause no one is) but be REAL…these youth need to know that GOD cares so much about them…they do not have the TRUTH…they are being fed lies, just like the Pastor says here! It is time for American Christians to rise up in the power of the Holy Spirit and take back our inheritance….AMERICA!!!! We can love each person, one person at a time into the Kingdom of God! Many including myself are praying daily, 24-7 for the Lord God to move in our Nation and HE is moving….but the liberal media is not going to print that news!!! They have criminal records because when you have no father, and single mothers do the best they can…but God created a man and woman to have a family, and be connected to Him and one another…and when that is broken…you have broken lives! Jesus Christ is the ANSWER for our Nation! God bless America!!!

  • FoJC_Forever

    Unbalance view.

    A recent video of a mother thrashing her son in public shows why many young black people resort to violence. They are taught it by their mothers as well.

    • Ruth Davis

      I glad she whipped his behind and unmasked him , if more parents did that, a whole bunch of them would be better children. There is a difference between abuse and discipline, and some men do share the responsibility of leaving their children behind because they don’t want the mom or they are constantly in jail, that’s not teaching them anything but how to do the same things. I would have done the same thing.

      • FoJC_Forever

        You can’t be speaking as a Christian. She slapped him around and cussed him out. Part of the reason he was there throwing rocks at the police is due to having a bad role model for a mother. I don’t know for certain about his father, but he obviously wasn’t there stopping him. So, chances are, it culminates into a failed effort on the part of both parents.

        Brow beating creates unsure and timid people whose anger over being shamed is simmering below the surface.

        • Disqusdmnj

          I’d say she was scared and angry, and wanted only to keep her son safe. Sure, it was mostly an overreaction, but certainly not out of biblical line (though I also agree with you about the shaming and its potential consequences):

          Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ESV
          “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

          Leviticus 20:9 ESV
          For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.

          Proverbs 13:24 ESV
          Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

          Proverbs 22:6 ESV
          Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Then you must agree with using ‘choice words’ in anger. Reaction out of fear is not Faith. Anything which is not of Faith is Sin. What she did to her son has the potential to reinforce angst against and hatred of women, which is why some men leave the mothers of their children (no excuse, just cause and effect). If single mothers want to raise ‘fatherless’ sons to honor God and treat all people (including women) with respect and dignity, then they must treat their sons with respect and dignity. Shaming a child is a sin.

            The event which was recorded is almost certainly not the only time she’s wailed on him, both physically and verbally. He would not have been there in ISIS-like garb throwing rocks at police had the seeds of rebellion and rejection of authority not already been planted and watered by the primary caregivers and authority figures in his life.

        • Ruth Davis

          Yes I am . Better to beat him in the streets than in a morgue. You spare the rod you spoil the child.if white people did their children like that they wouldn’t be shooting up schools and killing other people’s babies.

          • FoJC_Forever

            I am not anti-spanking. It has a place in punishing a child for certain transgressions. Spanking, not beating. What this woman did was not spanking, it was beating. If a father did this to his daughter in public (or private for that matter), people would have been up in arms about how horrible a father he is, and they would be right. There’s a gendered double standard when it comes to parental violence against children in our culture.

            A Christian woman living by Faith in obedience to God and His Word, Jesus Christ, has no need to cuss and beat her children. She maintains authority through Love, not fear of violence and shaming. The same is true for fathers. A parent’s angry temper doesn’t make them an effective and productive parent in raising children who respect others and authority and the LORD.

  • weasel1886

    This guy gives Christians a bad name. Just like other irresponsible people he blames this on Obama and pimps. He no more than just a political hack trying to make a name and a buck

    • Peter Leh

      “He no more than just a political hack trying to make a name and a buck”

      political regurgitation is even revolting under the guise of religion.

      Moreover, it is idolatry.

  • Peter Leh

    violence is childish… however Ferguson likely would not have had a
    federal investigation revealing the systematic targeting of the black
    community by local officials without the riots.

    the riots were out of frustration confirmed by the feds

    Baltimore will most likely have the same revealing result