A controversial pastor claimed recently that President Obama is racist against white people and that his mother influenced this thinking because she "hated being white."
This undated photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama's father, also named Barack Obama, and mother, Ann Dunham. Conservative pastor Jesse Lee Peterson has claimed President Obama is racist, owing in part to the fact that his mother "hated her color.
Jesse Lee Peterson, who has been a guest on Fox News, made the accusation during an episode of the conservative TruNews "BlogTalkRadio" show last week.
Host Rick Wiles began the discussion with the claim that President Obama is "not the first black president" but the first "mixed-race president," and parroted a popular conspiracy theory that Obama has ties to the so-called "New World Order," an alleged elitist totalitarian plot to create an authoritarian world government.
"He was raised by white people and he was raised by white people who were connected to the New World Order," Wiles said.
"That man had a silver spoon in his mouth. He was not raised by a goat herder in Kenya, he was raised by his white family."
But Peterson objected, claiming that Obama doesn't identify with his white half at all and speculated that his mother was at the root of these alleged opinions.
"His mother, she hated her color," Peterson said.
"She hated being white and I’m thinking, I don’t have a whole lot of proof of this, but I do know she hated her color, hated being white.
I think he may have been brought up not to accept that side of himself and that adds to him being a racist because he doesn’t really respect white folks."
Peterson also called Obama evil, a socialist and possibly a Muslim.
Right wing activists (a bunch of people on social media) have long claimed -- without proof -- that Obama is racist. But this unsupported accusation against his mother, Ann Dunham, is new.
A conservative super PAC called Fight Bigotry claimed in August that Obama exhibited a "disturbing, yet crystal-clear pattern of tacitly defending black racism against white folks before and since being elected president."
More recently, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the topic of Obama's alleged racism. Limbaugh said on Sunday that the president "inspires racism" and is "not interested in unifying people."
Peterson, on the other hand, created controversy of a different sort in May 2012, when he gave a sermon claiming "one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote."