McKinney's A Racist, Conservative Black Leader Says

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - A conservative black leader says Rep. Cynthia McKinney is using allegations of racism to get away with breaking the law.

"It's disgraceful that Cynthia McKinney would charge the Capitol Police with racism for trying to do their jobs," said the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), a group that helps black men "rebuild the family."

McKinney allegedly struck a white police officer in the chest with her cell phone after he asked her to walk through the metal detector she had bypassed. Two days later, on Friday, McKinney accused the officer of "the inappropriate touching and stopping of me, a female black Congresswoman."

Her attorney James W. Myart, Jr., said McKinney was "a victim of the excessive use of force by law enforcement officials because of how she looks and the color of her skin."

Nonsense, said Peterson: "Charges of 'racism' and 'racial profiling' by McKinney and her attorney are code words often used to intimidate white Americans and get black racists off the hook," Peterson said in a press release.

He said McKinney could have defused the situation by apologizing for not wearing the special pin that identifies members of Congress. "Instead, she held a press conference flanked by known racists such as Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, and members of the NAACP.

"The real racists here are Cynthia McKinney and her racially divisive supporters," Peterson said.

"The U.S. Attorney's office must vigorously pursue this case regardless of the race, gender, or position of the person involved, in order to send a clear message that this type of racial demagoguery will not thwart justice," he added.

Peterson frequently challenges the liberal black civil rights establishment.

Police reportedly are seeking an arrest warrant for McKinney.

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