Black Conservative 'Outraged' by Dems' Attacks on Rice

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - Democrats' treatment of Dr. Condoleezza Rice is drawing criticism from black conservatives as well as black Democrats.

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, a conservative group, called the Tuesday's attacks "vicious" and outrageous.

"[Democrats'] efforts to block a qualified nominee who would be the first black female Secretary of State is a slap in the face to all black Americans," Peterson said in a statement.

"Throughout the confirmation process, ex-Klansman Senator Robert Byrd, as well as Senators Edward Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, John Kerry, and others have tried to demean Dr. Rice by accusing her of lying and of being incompetent. Republicans have done little to counter this attack," he said.

Peterson has long argued that liberal Democrats are racist toward blacks: "Liberals believe that blacks should all think and vote the same," he said. "And they loathe any free-thinking black who dares to walk off their plantation."

In his statement, Peterson noted that "Sen. Robert Byrd is a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter who has recently used the word 'nigger" twice on national television. Byrd helped filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and also opposed the nominations of both black candidates for the Supreme Court -- liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas."

BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, describes its mission as "Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man." It offers programs and services to help men help their families.

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