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July 18th, 2013
08:28 PM ET

Debating racial profiling: arguments for overcoming, understanding, changing, and challenging American perceptions

Less than week removed from the divisive verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, much of the nation continues to feel the aftershocks.

From intense debates regarding value of Stand Your Ground laws to worried mothers of boys who “look like Trayvon [Martin],” opinions are wide-ranging and all encompassing. As the conversation continues, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomes Reverend Liz Walker, Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, and Raymond Santana, the man falsely accused in the 1989 Central Park Five case.

When the topic turns to race and racial profiling, Reverend Walker calls for everyone to take personal responsibility:

"We have to get to know our kids and we have to raise their sense of worth,” says the reverend of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston.

Concerned by society's tendency to label certain youths as trouble-making “thugs” simply based upon their appearance, Walker also expressed concern regarding Reverend Peterson’s side of the argument, accusing him of “denigrating” the self-worth of black Americans.

But the founder and President of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, and outspoken critic of “black leadership” on the liberal left, has other thoughts.

Denouncing the media, the NAACP, and President Barack Obama for exploiting Trayvon Martin’s death as a means to “divide and conquer” the war on racism, Petersen would rather help young people understand and combat the realities of racial profiling practices in America. In speaking with Piers Morgan, Petersen maintains that America’s problem with racism will only be overcome when “white Americans overcome their fear of being called racist.”

Santana, meanwhile, prefers more pragmatic measures:

“I speak at numerous high schools, I speak at numerous colleges, and I talk to a lot of kids about what racial profiling is, about how to conduct themselves with the police. I tell them my story so that we can be an example. So that they don’t become another Central Park Five.”

Watch the clip for more of the debate with Rev. Walker, Rev. Peterson, and Santana, then tune in tonight at 9 for the full episode of "Piers Morgan Live."
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  1. Brenda

    This is NOT racial, it is about being defensive. Most of the time the blacks have to get defensive and take it to a level it was never meant to go. Get it straight and let it go that TM was more of a problem maker. He had been kicked out of school twice. That is why he was at his dads. He had pictures of his phone that would have been discriminating to him in the trial and he was a drug user. I am sick of all of this innocense.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pat

      It makes no difference what Trayvon's background was. That young man was walking home from the store minding his own business. Zimmerman was the aggressor. WITH a loaded gun.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        No evidence that Zimmerman pulled a gun on Martin until after Martin started beating on him.

        July 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        Did everyone forget the fact that Zimmerman was supposedly doing MMA training to stay in shape? If that is the case, how does a 185 pound man that is training in Unarmed Combatives, let a untrained 158 lbs teen mount him? Let's just say GZ was working out, one of the first moves you learn in grappling in how to "bridge" from someones guard if they are on top.

        July 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • amen

        Yeah, Pat, a young thug with skittles and kabuttles, and maybe some jewelry in his backpack, just walking along peering in windows

        July 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • RR

        Wrong. TM attacked GM and would have killed him. All because he felt Dissed. Piers Morgan is a typical Liberal apologist.

        July 19, 2013 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        Hey Brian,
        I guess you missed the testimony of Zimmerman's "trainer" that said he was an out of shape, uncoordinated guy that he wouldn't even let n the ring with anyone because he was afraid he'd get hurt. Which is pretty much what happened when the "real" MMA fighter Trayvon beat him.

        July 19, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Bill Zeallear

        Q: How ignorant are you?
        A: Very

        July 19, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
      • M Barlow

        Why was it not brought up in court that in an interview Zimmerman stated that he had no regret of having shot Trayvon Martin?? Also that he is conniving and a liar when he defraud the state of California of money for his trail and if so innocent why the need of two passport?? Information on George Zimmerman's father, (Robert Zimmerman, a former Orange County magistrate judge – retired US Magistrate judge and his mother was a court clerk) Zimmerman had a prior "closed arrest" according to a records search on George, he was previously arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer without violence and most shockingly, resisting an officer with violence — a felony charge that surely could have landed him in prison. All of those crimes, however, were mysteriously closed with no semblance of charges for the Florida resident. So how was someone with a violent past including that of battery against an officer able to carry a 9 mm handgun?
        Here are the charges against him: –
        08/09/2005 Div 44 – 44, TBA – Domestic Violence – Closed – SRS

        08/10/2005 – Div 46 – White, Keith F – Domestic Violence – Closed – SRS

        a case where he was charged with resisting an officer without violence –
        07/18/2005 – Orlando – Miller, W Michael – Misdemeanor – Closed

        And, most disturbingly, a case where he was charged with resisting an officer with violence. 2005-CF-009525-A-O – ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE MICHAEL 10/05/1983
        07/18/2005 – Div 10 – OKane, Julie H – Criminal Felony – Closed

        They keep bring up stuff on Trayvon Martin's pass, why have they not brought this up regarding Zimmerman' character also..that he had a violent side of himself also...and because of his parents probably his case was closed?????

        July 19, 2013 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Yes the jury has spoken! Every time the blacks lose in court its called RACIST. OMG give it a rest............

        July 19, 2013 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        Pat, is being observant aggressive? Is it illegal for Zimmerman to have a concealed weapon? Who of the two individuals used racial slurs? Could Martin have continued walking to his final destination? Who decided to stop and confront? You say that Martin's background had nothing to do with what occurred? Did Martin's desire to fight have a factor in his decision to stop, confront and assault Zimmerman? Did the homemade hallucinogenic called "lean", made with cough suppressant, Arizona watermelon drink and skittles have an effect on his emotional stability? I do believe that Martin's background shaped him into the person that confronted Zimmerman and cost him his life.

        August 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marypat Robertson

      Shame on you! I am appalled that Piers Morgan would even have this idiot on his show – it obvious that this is just to get ratings. This is the shame of America! If you have a black son – this could be your son, believe it! I am a white mother of two African American boys and this verdict, this "Rev. " Peterson is the shame of America!!!

      July 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • t

        There is no way this man can be a man of God, this man is not a minister he is a monster if he comes across a teen dressed in a hood walking slow he will kill. The members of his church need to pray for him and pull away from FAST. This man is possessed and he need deliverance I have never came across a minister who thinks like that I thought one of his rolls was to guide, so what if Trayvon did drugs got into fights at school took pics with a gun does that qualify him as a thug? I honestly think he is a false prophet he is a clear choice of what the Bible talks about when it says GREAT MEN WILL DECEIVE US.

        July 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • amen

        The only idiot I have seen on this show is the big man himself

        July 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rascal57

        Reverend Peterson is a joke! Do not go to his web site, he will only get added 'hits' to his site. Instead look him up on wikipedia. The crazy Reverend also believes women should not have the right to vote and 'thanks' God and white people for 200 yrs of slavery in America! I am generally a fan of Piers Morgan, but I just cannot figure out why he gave this 'loser' the air time?

        July 19, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
      • James

        I feel sorry for Rev. Peterson. I have known people like him before, a black man filled with self hatred of who he is. Hating the fact that he is black while projecting his self hatred upon others of his race. May God have mercy upon you.

        July 19, 2013 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
      • ruth

        i pray that my grandkids grow up to judge people as a person and the color of their skin. i have two grandson that just graduated from high school. Getting ready to go to college. i tell them its up to you whether or not you go to class because no one is not going to give you anything in life you have to earn it. And yes they all wear hoodies. this sort of thing goes on all the time. i live in louisiana. one day i brought my grandkids to the park to play at the water park. when we got there two women which was white was there with their kids. the kids got out of the car excited, couldnt wait to get wet. when they get there excited to play with the other kids.they parents gather them up and left. now they ask me why did they leave. try explaining that to little ones.

        July 19, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      No evidence Trayvon was a thug?? Where is any evidence GZ was a Racist!!!!! The only people that did not no Trayvon was a thug was the jury. This Trial was unfair, one sided and still GZ won. So shut the F up already!

      July 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kimberly Fields

      – Said no black person ever.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kimberly Fields

        Sorry. That was directed towards Brenda (above) and was supposed to post as a reply. Error.

        July 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • marilyn

      This has nothing to do with race – Trayvon ambushed g
      George Zimmerman punching him in the face and breaking his nose, then slamming his head on cement causing George to have to defend himself- Trayvon's mother doesn't know what to tell her son – She should tell him to keep his hands to himself – Then nothing would have happened

      July 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kimberly Fields

        And you know that how? because you were not there.

        July 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dissapointed

        I am a white woman with a 17 yesr old son that wesrs hoodies, a great kid that does very well in school.At lleast half of highschool students have tried pot.If someone followed my son and scared him, fhen grabbed him, I wouls expect him to defend himself. Trayvon should not have been profiled and stalked.He had every right to defend himself.I am glad he broke GZ nose.GZ can rott in hell. He should be in prison.You are a disgrace and GZ supporters make me sick. He is a murdere!

        July 19, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • HM

      You are correct Trayvon was not an angel but the vast majority of teenagers in the country are not either. And he definately did not deserve to be shot. Your remark about how "the blacks" always take it to the next level is disturbing. It is blatantly obvious you do not have any African American friends. It is unfortunate that you are so closed minded.

      The fact is angel or not he was an unarmed African American teenager who was racially profiled, followed and untimately killed by Gerorge Zimmerman. The defense very slyly attempleted to paint Trayvon as "one of those scarry, angry young black men" a notion a lot of whites do not want to admit they feel. They did this by stressing the racial slur he used, pointing out "is that how you to talk to your friends" bacically saying see they are not the acceptable African Americans they are the scarry ones. Those on the jury who believed this felt Gerorge had every right, infact he had to shoot him. Regardless of the fact George choose to pursue Trayvon. Regardless that he knew the police were on their way and he could have waited for them but in his own words "they always get away". His decisions led to the death of an unarmed youngman that is why I belive he should have been held accountable for his actions with a manslaughter verdict.

      As a white American I completely reject the idea that those who are pushing for justice for Trayvon are tyring to "scare white America". For me this has actually had the completely opposite outcome. I was able to have a completely blunt discussion about race with an African American friend it was an eye opening discussion. Through honest and thoughtful discussions like this we will become a more thoughtful country.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • james

        Thank you HM. Because of Americans like you there is hope for the future of this country.

        July 19, 2013 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      u cant start a comment off with :this isnt racial" then go into "blacks are always" just lost all credibilty

      July 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • voice of one

      First Trayvon was a child, this old Guy think he know's Trayvon like he live next door he has no clue nor do you, This is about how ever black young man that has live in America, This is about the double standard this country laws are toward back people , This old black guy has hatred for his own people and hate everything black. He is no Reverend nor do he know how God is

      July 19, 2013 at 12:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Valerie Rankins

        That so call Rev. Jesse Peterson is completely demonic . He need Jesus badly. I can't listen to his radio program. He only brings discord toward people.

        July 19, 2013 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Right on !!! He was caught with stolen jewelry and tools in his knapsack but they just said he had "found" merchandise instead of stolen merchandise. That was to keep crime rate by black teenagers down in his school district. When confronted he said a friend had given him the watches and diamonds but wouldn't say who the friend was. Plus if you read his texts that were not allowed in you will see his mom bought him a gun, and she later kicked him out of the house and sent him to his dads. He also was in major fights a week before the incident and wanted to break the guys nose. The pot makes no difference.

      July 19, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shola

      who care if he smoked a little weed or get kicked out of school 2. He still was a good student. He not the only child who did drugs or got suspended from school it not right for someone to take his life. You don't know nothing about Trayvon see that what they talking Racial profiling stereotyping what about those who carry a backpack full of guns and go to school not caring who they killed. you sound kind of ignorant right now.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • motoxdad143

      Why is Piers Morgan even on CNN much less at prime time? When he comes on, I change channels. And, if CNN wants equal coverage for us all, why is NOTHING being said about this at all on CNN?

      July 19, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • motoxdad143

      The prosecution blew it with the weak case it presented to the jury. Between the judge not explaining the proper guidelines and the jury not having a good case given to them to debate, it was a lost case for Travon from the start of the trial.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jill von Vinker

        The real criminal is the Florida State Attorney. Angela Corey, who IS A RACIST!!. And should be disbarred!! O'MARA GO GET HER!!! Her post verdict comments were libelous and the co conspirator in chief lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda are both the most unprofessional and disgusting people I've come across in some time. I'm an attorney and they make me want to be a banker... that's how disgusted I am. And the "expert former prosecutor and resident bigot Sunny Hostin, made me retreat to Fox at least a dozen times. Thank god for TIVO and DirecTV pvr/dvr. If not I could not have watched CNN at all. And Piers' interview with Zimmerman was disgraceful. He shown to be an articulate and informed man with facts, logic and honesty... and what Piers as "TRAVONS CHEERLEADER" and biased bozo said was horrid.

        July 19, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jill von Vinker

      Piers Morgan has lost the plot!!!! The Rev. Peterson was perhaps the first REAL OPINION about the Martin/Zimmerman matter I have seen.
      I liked Piers from the UK and had high hopes. BUT he has become biased, opinionated and belligerent. His blatant bias and support and belief in "that poor innocent black "child" is sickening. Piers and his guests make every excuse for the juvenile delinquent and the online pictures of him holding a firearm and smoking pot... As the good Rev Peterson said ... if he was such an "angel" then why did the prosecution suppress ALL of Martin's past?
      Get a grip Piers. YOU ARE AN OPINIONATED RATINGS CHASER.. You loose. I'm done with you. I prefer Greta Van Susteren to you these days. CNN was my go to channel and CNN International when I lived in Europe was splendid. WHY CAN'T I WATCH CNN INTL IN USA? Quest and the entire London team are REAL NEWS PEOPLE!!!.

      July 19, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Brother B"

        Hey Jill why don"t you fall down a hill?It"s obvious from your comments,you are nothing but an "IGNORANT" RACIST" WHITE WOMAN! since you think Rev Peterson,is so great why don"t you join his "CONGREGATION? then you can go straight to "HELL",with him and the rest of his "UNGODLY" Church members!

        July 23, 2013 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • CAlifornia Sunshine

      If people think Trayvon was a thug then Nicole Brown Simpson was a ho

      July 19, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joe

    Piers, are you now leading the drum beat for a civil rights trial? Why even have a trial? Just lock up 'em up huh?

    Other than Rev. Peterson every guest you have on your show. Uh, Piers Mark Zuckerberg wouldn't have slugged Zimmerman.

    There is tons of evidence that Martin was a thug.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pat

      Zimmerman started the fight but was soon outmatched. Trayvon was just "standing his ground" BUT without a gun.
      Why did Zimmerman approach Trayvon with a loaded gun?

      July 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Smokehouse

        GZ approached TM with words not a gun not a fist nor violence. TM had a right to stand his ground and respond with like force as PER THE LAW. TM decided not to respond with words nor did he attempt to exit the situation he instead drew blood and began beating GZ head against the cement. Tell me again who started what?

        July 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jan

        No evidence that Zimmerman started the fight or that he "approached Martin with a drawn gun . Where did you get that information from?

        July 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • marilhn

        George didn't start anything – He was ambushed by Trayvon's fist

        July 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie Rankins

      If Trayvon was a thug or not. If he was Jesus, or any type of person does not give the right to stalk someone and shoot them. But I guess in your eyes if they can kill Jesus for being different then BE careful .

      July 19, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • motoxdad143

      Thug is a bit of a harsh description. I am sure he didn't do anything that 70% of our children haven't already done. Have you checked the percentage of kids that have tried pot in GRADE schools and primary schools lately? People have zero common sense sometimes, it's just totally embarrassing.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. no name

    What language is this Peterson man speaking? Is he a lunatic? He facial features seem he had a few drinks before getting on CNN. He has not dam evidence to support what he is saying. What God does this man pray to?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • judi

      "no name" should use spell check before posting. Peterson didn't drink before the show the man had a cleft pallet. how crewel are you? Peterson is a smart man who is standing up for what is true and he is being persecuted because he is a black man who is NOT going with the Black agenda. just as Barkley said "there are black people who are racist too! wake up.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Brian

        Spell Check: Cruel

        July 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • yoni

        hay .i don't have any problem with people telling the truth but calling a dead teen a thug is stupid

        July 19, 2013 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • no name

        Your mental illness is no different from Peterson.

        July 19, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Jill von Vinker

        So if he was such a choir boy, then why commit prosecutorial misconduct, suppress evidence and lie about TM's past. As for his past as a "typical black boy in Florida" THERE'S THE PROBLEM!!!!
        And as for the comment that the "poor blacks need more education"???? If all the money spent over the past 50 years on providing education, advantages, welfare, special entrance to univs and the like, were just paid to each "poor black child" then the to 100 on the Forbes list would all be inner city "youths". GET A GRIP.
        If this "trial" showed anything, it's that the Poor Me victim mentality (promulgated by Mr. Morgan... your a punter Piers" is USELESS. The only advantage the likes of TM need, is a 4 year free pass to the US ARMY.

        July 19, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin B

    Piers Morgan is a bigot who can't handle hearing someone that opposes his views on the Martin-Zimmerman issue. Get over it, Morgan. You're a journalist charged with getting the opinions of the people out on the table. Typical CNN bias.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Izzy

      It's the way Rev Peterson gave his opinion by bashing Travyon like that specially since he is a Reverend I was shocked at the way he spoke and I'm sure million others are too

      July 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • My thoughts

        The truth hurts. WHY does no one want to know ALL of the truth? One juror said they really knew nothing about Trayvon. That is because the defense was not allowed to share what they knew in the trial. Everyone needs to watch the entire proceedings and read as many articles as they can. Rev Peterson, thank you whoever you are for TRYING to speak logically. Trayvone was kicked out of school the last time because of the marijuana, but they also found 12 pieces of women's jewelry and a watch in his backpack. Unfortunately, they could not tie it to any robbery and Trayvon would only say he got it from a friend. Post some pictures and I bet you will quickly find out who it belonged to. He bought skittles and a tropical drink-research purple drank. None of his family knew he was dead until the next day-his father never questioned why he did to come home-must have been a normal pattern. Piers Morgan is so one sided he makes me sick-if he truly wants to report something report both sides. Research Trayvons Facebook page and read his postings. EDUCATE YOURSELVES people-if you only watch this one sided BS you ARE being used just as the reverand said. He spent from 6 years old until 15 in his stepmothers life-those are the sweet pictures you see. When his father left she was no longer in his life, his father having a new relationship. Sebrina Fulton was not married to his father all of these years and they did not live together-but you see them together all of the time now as if it were a happy little family. I'm sorry Trayvon died, but with his height and size and the way he fought like a man Zimmerman had every right to defend himself. Other than the gunshot wound Trayvon had no injuries, Zimmerman had a broken nose and multiple contusions on his head-really? Does anyone think Zimmerman attacked Trayvon first? If Zimmerman had not stopped him when would trayvon have quit pounding on him? People-the emporer has no clothes! Because he was 17 IS NOT a reason to jail Zimmerman. Take your emotions out of it and seek the truth.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dissapointed

        This reply is to "My Thoughts" You obviously dont have teenaged kids. Sounds like your saying Trayvon desrved to die.Did you hear GZ tell the non emergency operator he was following Trayvon? You're just as bad as GZ. Twisted!

        July 19, 2013 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Jill von Vinker

        "THE WAY HE EXPRESSED HIS OPINIONS???" The way I would express it is EXACTLY as he has. The Jesse Jacksons and Sharpton and Holder are exploiting a personal tragedy is the "WAY THE MONEY CHANGERS CHANGE THE SUBJECT AND ABUSE THE PUBLIC. It's sickening. Peterson is the FIRST "REAL" person to speak TRUTH in some time. Between Piers and Sunny and virtually all the folks (black racists) in the "town hall" live audience, i'ts a miracle that George Zimmerman hasn't been lynched. The aggressive, pot smoking "child" not only further ruined his already ruined life, but now another innocent has been victimized.
        Hey George remember "NO GOOD DEED GOES UN PUNISHED!"

        July 19, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Patricia Bardi

    Why is Piers Morgan inviting the likes of Larry Elder and Revered Peterson on his show. They do nothing but make ad hominem attacks on Trayvon Martin and the President and some liberals and have nothing to say but just express their own hostilities and anger.. Why reduce this program to The National Enquirer status. Piers you can do better than this Or are you just trying to invite provocateurs to increase ratings. If so, you are going to lose your "serious" audience.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      You sound like you are describing Pier's liberal guests.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • elaine

        I think not. All these comments are what is wrong. No tolerance or understanding of anyone else's opinion, no respect for others, and plenty of rudeness. Lighten up, listen to what others have to say. Who says Facebook is the truth? Be analytical.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Well said, totally agree.

      July 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jan

    Trayvon's mom said that she lives in Miami. Why was Trayvon living in Orlando?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • riley lee

      According to Trayvons own statement to Jantel, his mom kicked him out and sent him to live with his dad, because he was repeatedly kicked out of school

      July 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kimberly Fields

        As a child of a divorced couple, I spent time back and forth between my two parents homes too. Your point? Pointless.

        July 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      He was with his dad because he had just been suspended from school for an extended period of time and his mom wanted him to leave and go live with his dad in Orlando area. The part about his mom kicking him out is on his cell phone texts.

      July 19, 2013 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Vickie

    This guy is an idiot. Please do not give him the platform to spew this type of ignorance. I dare him to call this young man a thug. What God does he serve...

    July 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. no name

    It was Zimmerman that had the arrest records.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • reima08

      EXACTLY!!!! I was SCREAMING at the TV for Piers to ask this "Reverend" if since he thought Trayvon was a "thug" even though he had no arrests and no record, did he think Zimmerman who HAS a criminal record for domestic violence and assault on a police officer was also a thug?

      July 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • riley lee

        Trayvon had no record because his school was an enabler, as we will see when one of the many family lawyers file a lawsuit against the school

        July 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bill Zeallear

        Reima... Trayvon was a thug. A pic is worth a 1000 words. He wanted everybody to know he was a thug. He didn't place those pics of himself w/ weed, a gun, cash, etc. to portray himself as a law abiding citizen. He wanted to improve his street cred score. He also had been kicked out of school- not because he missed a National Honor Society meeting. I have worked with troubled youths for the past 14 years. This is their M.O. Target thise who appear vulnerable. And Piers asked, "Where's the proof Trayvon was a thug?" Talk about selective blindness to promote one's own agenda. Rev Peterson is not blinded by political rhetoric. The ones who should be ashamed are Holder, Obama, and Sharpton. Sharpton is especially loathsome and embarrassing.

        July 19, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. mario

    Oiers can tou make the old man sign,,,,,this guy is c r a z y

    July 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jan

    I don't recall white folks rioting in the street after OJ was not convicted for killing two white people.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eugie

      YES! Thats what i keep saying.. in fact, black folks were happy..

      July 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kimberly Fields

        Unrelated. What does that have to do with the price of eggs?

        No one was a teenager unsafe to walk the street who died because they were profiled.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eugie

        to Kimberly: it is related. Black folks always say they are profiled and scared. You would think we have lynchings going on in every city the way they describe it. But the truth is we are all profiled by each other, no one just wants to admit it. Not one of us is brave enough to say that whites AND blacks are racist to some degree. Media screwed up using this case to start a civil rights movement; there are other much more credible cases that should address race issues in America.

        July 19, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
      • akapoetic1

        To Eugie & Jan: Since you both want to bring up the OJ thing and point out how blacks were happy and rejoicing about the verdict, lets look at the reactions of the white individuals during slavery and the sixties. They would break out their picnic baskets and sit around and watch as blacks were being hung from trees and they cheered and threw objects at the bodies. The two of you and others like you have it all twisted. Two wrongs don't make a right. You can say that was a long time ago, why don't you just get over it. It wasn't done to you or your ancestors, so it is easy for you to say that. If only the script was flipped, then and only then could you grasp the magnitude of where the anger comes from. You try your hardest to focus on what the black community is doing and how we as a people are the problem with what is wrong with America. How about you both look in your own backyards and own up for your ancestors past mistakes that divided the different ethinic groups. Make no mistake about it, I am not labelling every white, every black, every hispanic, nor every anyone else, as close minded individuals such as yourselves.

        July 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. riley lee

    Piers, how can you sit there with a straight face and claim you have seen no evidence about Trayvon's background. I can't believe you think your viewers are stupid

    July 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pat

      All of you Zimmerman fans are trying to make something of Trayvon's past. He was not a hardened criminal.
      He was a kid that maybe made some poor choices but on the night of his murder, he was walking home from
      the store minding his own business.. Because he fought back and in fact put up a good fight, does not mean he deserved to be shot in the heart and lungs. Zimmerman was the aggressor. Trayvon's background has absolutely nothing to
      do with this.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Smokehouse

        What law did GZ break in the encounter with TM?

        July 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dissapointed

        I agree 100%.The fact that Trayvon got in trouble at school or the texts on his phone are irrelevant.Lots of teens get in to some sort of trouble at some point.That doesnt make them bad people or mean they should be stalked and murdered by a stranger.There is really something wrong if people think his murder was justified.Very sad.

        July 19, 2013 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Tara Elizabeth

      Regardless, George Zimmerman had no reason to suspect Trayvon Martin was one of those a**holes who "always get away."

      July 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eugie

      this crazy! All this one sided propaganda. Rest in peace Trayvon. But hello people. This was a self-defense case. Please, folks, there are TONS of other cases that are truly "racial," not this one – look them up! Whats even more sad, that African American leaders, like Al Sharpton, so poorly inform their people. When OJ was found not guilty, black folks clapped and celebrated, white people DID NOT riot, and Sharpton said the justice was served. Now he says the jurors are racist. You just cant win for loosing.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tara

        Seriously?? Black people celebrated? I'm not sure what black people you know. Even outside of the racial issue in this case, a grown man shot and killed an unarmed teenager because he wrongly assumed he was a criminal. Does it not bother you that the same man is free today?

        July 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. no name

    Rev Petersen is a disgrace to the human race, chrisitians, and definitely to African Americans. He acts if he is related to the killer – did they pay him or is he trying to get paid. He does not know Trayvon but he is judging him based on hearsay. If we have black adults that judge our youth like this then what do you expect others to do. He is ridiculous and he should not be on this show. He is a self serving person that seems to be trying to get attention by dragging this young teenager that is no longer here to defend himself through the mud. Piers can find better African Americans to speak intelligently about this issue.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Valerie Rankins

      That so call Rev. Jesse Peterson is completely demonic . He need Jesus badly. I can't listen to his radio program. He only brings discord toward people.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sassy1

    Is the minister high?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      The man has a speech impediment. Are you biased against those with disabilities?

      July 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sassy1

        Not at all, but his views are extreme and his inability to allow others to make their point, as they allowed him to have his day, lets me know that something else is obviously wrong. How many God fearing men do you know claim to be Christian but don't show others compassion for the loss of a life? His comments are bashing and disrespectful. That's why the initial question was raised...

        July 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brenda

    Why are they letting this fool talk! Who is in control of this show! This ridiculous Nancy Grace would have took him off her show already!

    July 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nina

    Will someone please address the facts that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence & was ordered to undergo anger management classes.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • thedeadhand

      Would someone please address the fact that Trayvon had been kicked out of school numerous times and was caught with women's jewelry and a screwdriver that's often used to commit break-ins?

      July 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kimberly Fields

        Please cite your sources from which you rant. That is plural.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • thedeadhand

        Here's the story about TM, the jewelry and the screwdriver.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mister Peebles

    Rev. Peterson is a sock pocket for the tea baggers.

    Same tactics as Larry Elder: ignore the question, spout nonsense, bring up unrelated issues. This show is devolving into a mid-day talk show.

    Piers ignore these people. Mr. Santana's words are compelling, intelligent, and obviously the result of years on the streets. I tip my cap to Rev. Walker who is bringing youths together to talk about these issues. That is how to improve America.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • thedeadhand

      Rev. Peterson is the only one willing to speak the truth. GZ might have been some loser cop-wannabe, but TM was a thug-wannabe. Rev Peterson brought up a great point: why didn't they try to highlight TM's personality and try to humanize him more during the trial? The reason is that TM would have come across in a very bad light. The media have largely ignored TM's background so all of these talking heads can continue to claim that he was some choir boy and the average viewer won't know the truth. Look into TM's tweets, look into the pictures on his phone and look into his behavior at school and you'll see TM's ugly side, the one no one's willing to talk about except the Reverend.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mister Peebles

        How did George Zimmerman know Trayvon Martin was "trouble" or "a thug"? Did visit Facebook and scan through millions of pictures to find some who looked like Trayvon, and then conclude that a confrontation was necessary?

        No. He saw a young man of color in a hoodie and decided he was breaking the law, when he obviously was not. That's the problem: the perception of young people of color in this country. Rev. Peterson is doing no one any favors by insulting Martin after the fact. He had no reasonable response to any of the questions other than to recite conservative racial talking points.

        July 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • andonee

        The point I'm making is that given TM's past behavior, it's more than reasonable to believe that he beat the hell out of GZ when confronted.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • cheryl


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      • Aurora

        Couldn't agree with you more thedeadhand. It's a shame that PM continues to refer to TM as a kid. He was 17 ears old, not a child. He could of walked off but apparently wanted to show he was a tough guy. GZ and TM did not know each other so there was no way that GZ could have known Tm was a teenager, but at 17, you are considered an adult. Is there anyone listening? The prosecution blocked the defense from showing TM's past behavior. Another question. Does CNN not have the courtesy to invite the parents of GZ to hear their side of the story. Isn't
        racial? CNN has proven to me that they are racist.

        July 19, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Linda

        I bet Rev Peterson has a shady background and is now hiding behind religion.

        July 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Kevin

    Rev Jesse Lee Peterson only likes to hear himself speak. It is fine to have people on the show who has opposing opinions, but Piers, please find guests who are willing to engage in a respectful discourse.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Tam

    If Trayvon was a trouble maker before then most teens do show agression if they have been kicked out of school for agression. Is the show trying to hide the truth about Trayvon's character? This show is making it a racial issue.
    The jury has spoken. Something happened to cause the injuries to Zimmerman. There was an attack. Face it ..That is fact.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Jan

    What was Trayvon "defending" himself against? There is no evidence that Zimmerman was attacking Martin. So why was Trayvon beating on him rather than simply run home or call 911?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tara

      According to the Stand Your Ground law, Trayvon had every right to stand up to the man who he saw following him.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        And GZ had every right to defend himself from someone who was physically attacking him. If TM was so concerned about the "cracka" who was following him, why not dial 911?

        July 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eugie

        "following" is not against the law. That was established in court. Defending yourself have to do with "preventing imminent death or great bodily harm" not somebody following you. PLUS the persecution kind of nailed the point that there was no GZ DNA on TM body anywhere, which shows again GZ was NOT the aggressor. Im just confused why would persecution do that...Hmmm?? interesting...

        July 19, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      What you're saying doesn't make much legal sense. That's like if you hit me, and I hit you back claiming self defense. You can't claim self defense too because you're the one who provoked me. George Zimmerman provoked Trayvon by following him and as a result of his actions the life of a teenager (who was innocent of the crimes Zimmerman assumed he had committed) was lost.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • MT

        To start with, he wasn't following him, they were on different paths. AND following someone is not a crime. If there is no crime you cannot have any self defense. So, what was he defending himself from when he sucker punched Zimmerman?

        July 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ed Silverman

        Zimmerman was getting his nose bloodied and broken and his head constantly smashed against the concrete, so he
        had a right to keep Travon from killing him, by shooting Travon to save his own life. Its simple and not rocket science.
        Travon was on top of Zimmerman. beating the crap out of him.

        July 19, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      How can you work under the assumption that Trayvon sucker punched Zimmerman? What evidence is there that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman first?

      July 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Truth

      IWhether you believe Trayvon attacked Zimmerman or not. It is without dispute that Zimmerman followed him. It was at night believe his friend that Trayvon was scared. Trayvon had a younger brother at home. Who knows. He may have felt that he kept running home that his brother would have brought the man following him to his home and harm his little brother. Maybe that is a possibility. Maybe that is the reason he felt that the man had to defend himself. The negative scenario about Trayvon you paint is possible. Since you do not know for sure. Maybe the scenario I just stated is possible as well.

      July 25, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Teri Colon

    Rev. Peterson is the same idiot who in 2012, said that one America's greatest mistakes was given women the right to vote.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Sassy1

    We teach 3,4,5 year olds to run scream and fight if a stranger approaches. Tray on was a kid who only recognized a stranger. Doesn't ha have the right to scream run or fight off a stranger.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Anon

    Piers, you're supposedly a journalist. Start acting like one.

    Look into Martin's school record. Look into his text messages. Look into what "Lean" is. Look into the physical and psychological effects Codeine abuse has on the body and mind.

    Ask questions, then look for answers. Don't just throw your hands up and claim ignorance.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eugie

      yea..i have to say as much I enjoy Piers, I am quite disappointed with his one sided reporting...

      July 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Brian

    This "Reverend", did he really just say Zimmerman did not follow Martin?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. amy

    OMG. Reverend Peterson is the scariest person I've ever listened to. i can't believe he has the audacity to say he represents God. Why was he even given the opportunity to appear on this show? You guys (CNN) pretty much just helped support him by giving him free airtime.(i hope you didn't pay for him to be on the show)

    July 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Tatiana

    Please don't invite this Rev Peterson on your show anymore... I don't mind controversial point of views or people that agree or don't agree with the verdict, but Rev Peterson is beyond reason and sounds very ignorant.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Lepanto

    Once again we see the media at its mediocre best. We have an unfortunate case in Zimmerman/Martin where two men got into an altercation and one was killed. Tragic indeed. It is possible Zimmerman is racist. It is possible Martin was racist. Even if both men were racist, or only one was and it was Zimmerman, the Country of the U.S. should not become embroiled in a fanatical race war over the irrational emotions of a single man who was found not guilty by a jury of women, who possessed more information on this trial than any of us. I find Piers Morgan's line of questioning tends to irrational presumption and arrogance when anyone has a point of view that is more intelligent than his or raises a point that he cannot contend with on reason versus emotion. Look at the difference in how Cooper Anderson interviews and Morgan. Anderson is clearly a true journalist. The other interesting thing is as best as I can tell, Zimmerman is half caucasian. Why is it that only this "side" Zimmerman, the "white" side is the leading ingredient in this "national race debate" ?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tam

      I absolutely agree with your comments. It is evident that Piers is not agreeing with the Reverend's comments. They may be very direct, but he has a strong point. I am so tired of people trying to divide the two races. The juror interviewed very appropriately by Anderson said how they looked at the law to make their verdict. It seems that the way the law was interpreted by the jury has gone out the door with all of the debates shown on TV after the trail. Everything is being presented from an emotional standpoint. Remember .... the job of a jury is to look at the evidence presented and interpret the law. Let's get off the emotional roller coaster and respect the jury's decision.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      "Ya think? Trayvon just looooveed everyone. In between doin' whoop ass on them.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Brian Watkins

        Wasn't Zimmerman doing MMA training to get in shape? He must have sucked if he got mounted by a kid.

        On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM, Piers Morgan wrote:

        > ** > Joe commented: ""Ya think? Trayvon just looooveed everyone. In between > doin' whoop ass on them." >

        July 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tazman

      We kicked the stupid British out more than once and we can do it again!

      July 19, 2013 at 3:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Frank

    Black America; Do not be fooled by Pierce Morgan. I believe he's a hypocrite. Unlike Bill O'Reilly who is real. Watch Bill and see that he is an honest man. O'Reilly can get the ball rolling if justice needs to be done.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Aretha

    Where on earth did this man come from. To think that he is the leader of a flock. Mr. Peterson my bible says to "judge not". How could you come on National Television bashing this young man and his family. I find it rather offfensive. If I were a member of your congregation. I would be looking for another place to worship right away.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jay hunt


      July 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe


      So, Trayvon was not a thug? What is a thug to you? Or do we not understand? Guns, doping, fighting, cursing, expulsions, .......If he was a "good kid" what is a "bad kid"?

      July 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      What about the "Rev" Al Sharpton or the "Rev" Jesse Jackson, both very incendiary guys? These far left wingers are leading a flock, which is quite scary. There is the radical Rev. Fleger in Ckicago, also leading a flock. Do you have problems with these liberal Reverands?

      July 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. jay hunt

    WOW!!! MR. MORGAN please never bring this REV. PETERSON on your show again this man is a "JOKE" he doesn't speak or represent anything but an "old uncle tom mentallity" and should be ashamed to call himself REV.! THATS PATHETIC......TOTALLY disrespectful to TRAYVON MARTIN & HIS PARENTS !!!

    July 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. richard alexander

    Jesse lee peterson is just plain foolish!
    Enough said. I could say more but he's not worth it.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Joe

    I also find it interesting that the second Rev. Peterson brings up the Chicago killing fields the other guests try to drown him out and Piers tries to cut him off. Why is that?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eugie

      yep!! I agree. Why is that?!!!?? Happens on every chanel! Everytime the crime of blacks against blacks are brought up, "Well, we are not talking about it."

      July 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Joe

        I think that maybe it means they have to admit their social welfare nonsense that hasn't worked and in fact has destroyed the black family unit and makes them feel guilty. Plus I think liberals have this mental superiority complex and they think they are soooo much smarter than everyone else, so therefore to confront them with their failures just perplexes them.

        July 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      No one denies that the level of violence in Chicago is outrageous and needs to be addressed. It has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the conversations on guns, crime, poverty and education. Being concerned about the impact of George Zimmerman's trial doesn't in any way suggest that the issues in Chicago (or anywhere else for that matter) aren't important. It's possible to be concerned about both. They talked over him because he only brought up Chicago to deflect from the fact that he had no proof to support any of his claims.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        Funny how none of these guests can name a black crime victim in Chicago killed by another black, but know all about Trayvon Martin. As far as education in the black community, who's fault is it that these kids are making the choice to drop out? Schooling is available to them until age 18.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eugie

        OK. There is NO proof that this case was about race. Persecution said this was not about race. Now that they lost the case, and failed to portray TM as a good kid, "humanize" him, now its about race. At first supporters of persecution portrayed TM as 12 y..o. pony riding kid, then it didnt fly, then they portrayed him as a scared teenager, etc. Poor kid got killed. It was a horrible misunderstanding. But this is not a good case to claim "racial oppression". Unfortunately, there are TONS of other cases that are truly outrages, but b/c they dont get media's attention we find what we can and run with it.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      Jan, you're using the defelection tactic as that crazy reverend and totally missing the point. Actually I can name a few victims of crime in Chicago, but THIS conversation was about the impact of THIS case. Caring about one, doesn't mean we don't care about the other.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Eugie

        if you care about the others so much, then get Al Sharpton or other leaders to scream off of every TV station about it. Have daily coverage of what truly happens in Chitown...

        July 19, 2013 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  32. Andrea Sharp

    How does Rev. Peterson call himself a man of God. I don't understand how you have a church. You are one of those blacks that would not stand with Martin Luther King. Forgive but you are nothing more than a modern day house n****. Whose community do you represent I am gpimg to pray for you.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. LeeLee

    Reverand Peterson was alarmlngly lgnorant, RUDE and a shame to hls professlon – l was amazed at how rude and stupld he sounded ln hls comments. lt was appaullng

    July 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Julie

    Agreed, not racial, he wasn't exactly minding his own business either. Who cares about the hoodie, about his past. He made bad decisions that night, he attacked Zimmerman and he fought back, shouldn't have had to come down to using the gun but maybe at that time, it was the only choice, could've been Zimmerman dead now but most likely nothing would be said about that. This is being fueled into a racial issue by our democratic congress for gun law purposes, too bad the African American community is letting them politicize this and continuing to divide our country and cultures. It's a shame, we will never have peace here as long as everything is made racial.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • anon

      Where is it stated that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman? Why is that the assumption?

      July 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Sassy1

    The school suspensions don't seem to out way the fact that this young teenager was in his own neighborhood going to his home wasn't breaking windows wasn't stealing or vandalizing property. This child was like typical teens approached by a man who was told by actual 911 operators to stay on his vehicle but deliberately avoided damn good advice. If he had stopped playing rent a cop a kid might still be alive today.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      It was not his neighborhood. He was there visiting. It WAS George Zimmerman's neighborhood.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Angie

        Joe its nice to know the next time you have visitors to your home you can tell them that if they get shot while walking to a nearby area, you are fine with it because after all, they're just visiting.

        July 19, 2013 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • thedeadhand

      eh...he really wasn't in his own neighborhood. He was visiting his father during a school suspension–TM was living with his mom and going to school in a different city. It's totally reasonable that GM wouldn't have recognized him.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sassy1

        Recognize him or not the concern is he wasn't doing anything wrong and he couldn't report him doing anything wrong to dispatch. He should have done what was requested from the beginning and stayed in his car; let the police do what taxes pay for. His bad decision and defiance lead to a death... And I will continue to stress my point based on what I think and what i feel needs to be said.

        July 18, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sassy1

      Although visiting he was a part of the neighborhood he wasn't squatting he wasn't breaking in he had permission from his father to be there....fixture, member of the neighborhood. He had a right to be there. He had a right to be approached by a uniform and a badge if he had been doing something wrong.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • thedeadhand

        No one said that he didn't belong there. What we're saying is that it doesn't appear that he was a year long resident so it's not surprising that GZ didn't recognize him.

        Read what I write, not what you think I write.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dissapointed


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  36. Joe

    Wow, listen to the haters on here over a very intelligent man, the Rev. Peterson. A man who actually listened to the testimony and the evidence. He doesn't think stupidly with his emotions and isn't afraid to tell Black America to essentially grow up and start acting like adults. Something they don't seem to want to hear apparently.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eugie

      so true. While the other guy said, " Give them jobs, give them education" implying there would be less crime in african-american community. So sad....

      July 18, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Anon

        Surely you aren't saying that crime is somehow inherent in African American culture - that African Americans are doomed to lead lives of crime. I'm also certain you didn't intend to go against every statistic on the books by implying that jobs and quality education aren't tools to pull communities out of crime and poverty.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • andonee


        I guess what the others are saying is that sometimes a culture needs to look within itself to find answers to its problems, and that instead of expecting someone to give them things, they should maybe try to earn them.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eugie

        @andonee: thank you. Yes, my point was about "giving" things to people. I do believe good jobs and education would reduce crime, but not by "giving" it to people. School is available to all until 18yo, but many young people choose to drop out, black and white...starts in the home..if you are taught your whole life that things should be given to you by others, b/c you somehow are a victim, then no good will come out of such thinking..and the cycle will repeat..

        July 19, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  37. Roger

    I can only try to understand the pain those close to Treyvon Martin are going through and my heart goes out to them. However, as an news commentator, it is disturbing to me that Piers Morgan displays his strong opinion without giving guests with opposing opinions an opportunity to express their thoughts. Unfortunately, CNN programming (Piers Morgan Live) has turned into the same type programming as their rival Fox News, with a unmistakable bias on whatever the issue may be at the time.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • andonee

      Piers has guests who appear without opposition as long as the guest agrees with him. This Reverend had to argue with the other two guests AND Piers. Thank god that Rev was a fighter or he wouldn't have gotten a word in.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Larry

    The Founder and President of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny... Reverend Jessie Lee Peterson. Everyone should remember this organization and this name to make sure they have absolutely no part in anything that goes on with Rev. Peterson. This was the worse case of black on black prejudice I have ever seen. And to think it came from a Reverend. He should not be in any pulpit, in front of any congregation, teaching no classes, giving no speaching... pitiful. I found myself feeling sorry for him.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Tam

    Jan, and your point is???? This Rev. Peterson is far from being a reverend; my Bible tells me, "He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone; I wonder what his younger days were like. He looks like he may have been a thug himself at one time. Everyone who wants to run down Trayvon,Piers, PRESIDENT OBAMA, or anybody else, start with the man in the mirror! The bottom line is another senseless death has taken place in this country, and we have a one-sided story!

    July 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • amen

      Tam, and your point please?????????

      July 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      Lots of liberal Reverands, such as Sharpton and Jackson are far cries from being "Reverands""

      July 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. amen

    She put you in your place piers

    July 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. amen

    Hey Piers, you are now making some sense, ie guns

    July 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. CC

    It's totally racial profiling! The fact is the boy is dead and the guy who killed him, don't even go to jail for this. If Zimmerman did not use his gun, he could have just injured him, that is.
    Why he need to shoot?
    How are you going to teach the next generation about consequence about your action. No charges and not guilty! This Law is totally wrong.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      I have an idea how you teach them. You quit the baby mamma nonsense, grow up and start acting like adults and be responsible for the lives you bring into the world.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • CC

        I am sure you don't have any kids of your own. If you do, they for sure not listening to you or respect you!

        July 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  43. SheAnn

    This man has the audacity to set judgment on Trayvon Martin and he calls his self a man of God. A Minister is a tool for God, to reach and teach his people. Rev Jesse Peterson heart is hard like Pharaoh and his mouth speak lies of the devil !!!

    July 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Tiggah

    This is the most ignorant fool that ever walked the earth. This Peterson fool needs to close his mouth and do the world a favor and go hide under a rock. He is the a joke and clown and don't deserve to speak to any crowd more than two people.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. reuben arthur

    Mr. Morgan stop propagating this black and white issue. This case is not about RACE.
    Number 1. What if Zimmerman did not have a guy and Trayvon was hurting his head on the pavement.
    Number 2. Why was Trayvon outside at 7 pm in the evening to buy skittles and ice tea. Shouldn't he be at home eating dinner with his family?
    Remember Zimmerman was working as a volunteer watching the neighborhood and he was doing his job. He had any right to ask anybody any questions at any time. If you listen to the mother of Trayvon, she comes out as a God fearing christian woman yet she is divorce and her son is roaming around. The son is the same. Father gave the son a fake kiss yet he also divorced. Please tell them to stop using 14 years old Trayvon picture for sympathy.
    The real issue here is the African American family training values and foundation are not there.
    This boy has been suspended from school two times, a weed smoker, and was not thinking right at that night. When somebody started chasing him, why did he not call 911. Was it wrong for Zimmerman to ask. Stop propagating the negativism. Trayvon is wrong just as much as Zimmerman. Zimmerman was defending his ground. Let's face the truth.
    African Americans need to teach their children humility, morality, discipline, respect for one another and stop the aggression. Parents need to be aware of their children's whereabouts. Mr. Morgan do you allow your son to go out at p.m at night to go buy skittles and ice tea? I am sure you are having dinner and having conversations with your family at 7 pm. The African Americans people need to wake up and stop judging themselves and asking for self pity. You never go wrong when you do the right thing. Yes, Not everyone is as fortunate as the other, but at the same time we all live in a society where we must respect humanity and each other.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chase

      Reuben I guess you didn't get all the facts. Well let me educate you. George Zimmerman had a history of violence., Including assaulting a police officer, domestic violence and being hot tempered and hot headed on the job. Trayvon did not have a record. It people like you that will be put in the same situation to bear witness and see and feel how his parents felt. May God have mercy on your soul.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tiggah

      Let me start by saying Zimmerman was not paid to be a watchman...he was a volunteer and not paid a dime for services. Just because he was a watchman doesn't mean anyone has to respect him or listen to him. He was playing cowboys and Indians in his mind carrying a gun around his gated community like he was expecting some action to happen and he wanted to be a hero. Just because you go to bed by 5 pm doesn't mean this free American citizen broke any kind of law to go pay for a snack and drink at a local store that stated open pass 7 pm as well. I pray that you don't have a teenager
      that grows up trying to find himself. That bump their head and experiment with weed, get in small fights, and have disagreements with their parents and had 17 years or your life and you deserve to die because you made minor bad decisions in your life. No one weather black, white, Asian, green or blue deserve to be killed because a jack ass decides in their own judgement he looks like one of those types to ignore the 911 operator and follow a person and attack them and loose the fight and decide to shoot them rather than keep a visual on them to the police came or just wait till the real police came to check into his ridiculous notion. He took being a damn watchman too seriously and now this mother will never see him get a diploma, driver license, married, his first child, or be their to witness his first home purchase. He can't ever go home again, his voice will never be heard again, he will never hug his mother again. You are a sad person to think so small in a box about a world you were blessed not to have been forced to live in. How can you really believe Trayvon was wrong for just taking a walk to the store in his father neighborhood and not believe Zimmerman was wrong for disobeying the 911 operator. America we have a lot of work to do, it a lot of confused racially motivated people.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dissapointed

        I agree with Tiggah

        July 19, 2013 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      Let me start by saying Zimmerman was not paid to be a watchman...he was a volunteer and not paid a dime for services. Just because he was a watchman doesn't mean anyone has to respect him or listen to him. He was playing cowboys and Indians in his mind carrying a gun around his gated community like he was expecting some action to happen and he wanted to be a hero. Just because you go to bed by 5 pm doesn't mean this free American citizen broke any kind of law to go pay for a snack and drink at a local store that stated open pass 7 pm as well. I pray that you don't have a teenager
      that grows up trying to find himself. That bump their head and experiment with weed, get in small fights, and have disagreements with their parents and had 17 years or your life and you deserve to die because you made minor bad decisions in your life. No one weather black, white, Asian, green or blue deserve to be killed because a jack ass decides in their own judgement he looks like one of those types to ignore the 911 operator and follow a person and attack them and loose the fight and decide to shoot them rather than keep a visual on them to the police came or just wait till the real police came to check into his ridiculous notion. He took being a damn watchman too seriously and now this mother will never see him get a diploma, driver license, married, his first child, or be their to witness his first home purchase. He can't ever go home again, his voice will never be heard again, he will never hug his mother again. You are a sad person to think so small in a box about a world you were blessed not to have been forced to live in. How can you really believe Trayvon was wrong for just taking a walk to the store in his father neighborhood and not believe Zimmerman was wrong for disobeying the 911 operator. America we have a lot of work to do, it a lot of confused racially motivated people.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tazman

      Why do you all watch this putrid piece of propaganda? Don't you know that ALL of these interview shows are to increase their ratings? Nothing else! They don't really care about anything relevant just so they can increase their wealth?

      July 19, 2013 at 3:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  46. riley lee

    It seems the wheels have come off CNN lately. Imitating Fox Noise, by writing a script for their performers. Like to hear Larry King's opinion of Piers about now. Think I will switch to FOX. With FOX you know what they are all about, and they don't claim to be a serious news program.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. JJ

    U one sick individual I hope u can't sleep the rest of your life. I hope u crawl up the wall and go crazy. They need to put a straightjacket on you. With your no talking individual. We can't understand nothing u say. How can your members understand what u saying? Now shut up. And for as Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. I think u are jealous . I think u wish u was THE ONE AND ONLY REV. JESSE JACKSON.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. MsBaker01

    It seems to me that there are many people that have lost sight of what the real issue is. Trayvon was someone's child. Yes, he may have acted out in school, and smoked weed, and yes he could have had a discipline problem at home. Honestly, I cant really say, because I did not have the pleasure of knowing him, just the same as all of you that don't know him but seem to have concluded that he deserved to die. I DO know that this 17 year old boy is now dead and unfortunately is he not here to defend himself to all of you, just as he was not able to defend himself in the court room, even though it was not him that shot and killed someone. If Mr Zimmerman had not gotten out of his car and then proceed to chase Trayvon, this ugly conversation among people that DID NOT, and still DO NOT, know him would not have to take place. Clearly we live in a world where we do not respect one another even in DEATH....BLACK OR WHITE. Maybe as adults we should find a way to focus all this unproductive energy, on ways to treat one another fairly, and respect one another as human beings. Someone's child is dead and we should respect that.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      Finally! Thanks for a rational comment.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Really?


    I am lost for words maybe your guest Peterson needs to read the work of Michael R. Wenger in this months Poverty and Race RESEARCH ACTION COUNCIL Newsletter! I am ashamed that first this man claimed to be a reverend and behaved so rudely... Wow ... Warning: Children this is what happens when you reject a proper education! Read people read.....

    July 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Godfrey Dawson

    I believe that what Rev. Peterson said is completely unnecessary assumption of Trayvon Martin. As an African American man I am stereotyped by people especially white people, Trayvon Martin was a teenager who was killed without being able to defend himself in front of a conflict that costed him his very life. A thug is a person whether Black, White, or of Latina descent who cause trouble for people in their communities. They are ruffians and they have no regard for the well-being of others. Trayvon Martin was a young black male who was profiled because he was black and the man who pulled the trigger didn't take the time to ask him any questions to why he was in the neighborhood in the first place.
    I believe Trayvon Martin's civil rights were being violated because he has the right to walk home no matter where he is at, I also believe that George Zimmerman violated the order to remain in his car so the "Stand Your Ground" law wouldn't apply to public property. Juror B-37 talked about "Stand Your Ground" law as being the reason for his acquittal but as I understand the jurors were told not use the law as a reason for their verdict of innocent or guilty.

    July 18, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. Chase

    Rev. Jesse lee Patterson is a disgrace to the ministry community. How can a minster or a pastor judge children . How can he call himself a pastor and a leader over a organization, but lacks communication skills, very rude, and last but not least combative. His members need to question his leadership. I can only imagine what he would say if one of his member kids get in the same situation as Trayvvon Martin and he see the kids Facebook and pass judgement before reaching for understanding. It make you wonder why God let people like Rev Jesse Paterson breath air.

    July 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Me

    You all questions Rev. Peterson, a man of god, for passing judgement on Trayvon but yet you conclude with no doubt that Zimmerman is a flat out racist? What sense does that make? Wont you religious people have to stand before the same god as Peterson? Or does it not work that way because you are all right and he is wrong?

    July 19, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dissapointed

      I conclude Zimmerman is a cold blooded murderer who shows absolutely no remorse.During his interview with Fox News he said he wouldnt do anything differently if he could go back in time. Sicko

      July 19, 2013 at 2:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  53. GEO

    After watching CNN for last 3 days i did not hear anything but racial hate talks. I if I was blind i would think Piers is black

    July 19, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  54. KathleenB

    Bravo to Piers Morgan for having Reverend Peterson as a guest. He is a gutsy reverend, like Bill Cosby, that dared to tell Blacks that they are creating their own problems not the whites.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  55. max

    as long as we have people like Mr. Pearson out there telling the truth, even if they put him in the middle of two white haters, and one American hater, that wants to take our guns away .we will be okay, thank you Mr. Pearson, he told the truth and that makes my heart feel good. with this whole thing all I have seen is hate, and it makes me sick. stop just stop, evil is working over time on you just stop. Mr. Morgan go home please you hate us that is so clear you hate the USA and you hate the people of this country in ever show you do. How dare you cut this man off and tell him he is wrong. You are not black you do not understand what is going on here. Just leave, England is a better places for your kind.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Leesa

      Whomever feels Patterson was telling the truth is indeed a lost soul just like him. Better read your Bible! People kill me the way they talk about Trayvon like they were never or never knew a 17 year old that was tryin to find themselves. If u say u don't u are a liar and there is no truth in u!!!

      July 19, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  56. igrimes

    I think Rev Jesse Lee Patterson should have kept his mouth shut. How can he be a man of God and pass judgement upon Trayvon Martin. Bottom line is that Trayvon Martin was a human being and a teenager who was minding his own business. Trayvon parents could have been listening to that mess.they have enough to deal with. I would never go to a church where Rev Patterson speak. I feel sorry for his congregation. To be a man of God he was negatative.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  57. patrick

    Rve. Peterson is a sick man. Spiritual leaders build up people, not call them names. I do not think Rev.Peterson is for real, he does not speak with wisdom or as man of God.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  58. jenn

    Any time you have an issue that involves someone prejudging and they are two different races someone's going to bring out the race card, you have to expect that. Don't act surprised guys and don't act like race has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with this AT ALL , that's just ignorance if you think other wise. George Zimmerman was Just some loser starting a fight he couldn't handle, because he was getting his a** handed to him. he shot the young man. This Rev. Peterson is a joke. How does he even have a following?? I wouldn't never let this man preach to my children.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Valerie Rankins

    Please, please Piers, please never put Jesse Lee Peterson on your show again. This man is pure evil. He is not a Rev. This man only brings nothing but hatred to others. Excuse me, but this man if you want to call him a man is so ASS BACKWARD that I want to vomit everytime he speak. He only brings discord among the brethren. He is truly SICK. His program I can't listen to anymore. This is the kind of person you want to lock up and throw away the key. Please DO NOT PUT THAT SICK PERSON ON YOUR SHOW AGAIN. HIS TEACHING IS THE TYPE OF TEACHING THAT CAUSE YOUNG WHITE MEN GO SHOOT UP A TOWN OR GO BOMB UP INNONCENT PEOPLE. PLEASE DONT HAVE HIM ANY MORE.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • s0ul

      Ah never trust what Jesse Lee Peterson has to say since he friends with that race baiting Sean Hannity.

      July 19, 2013 at 6:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Valerie Rankins

    Piers Morgan , I do love your show and I do wished that Trayvon parents will eventually heal from this sad tragedy . My heart and prayers go out to them. Thank you for standing for the unjust. This was not justice at all.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  61. Brooks

    The bottom line to this whole situation, is that a young child is gone to a senseless murder that could've been avoided. For anyone to think that Travon's death was justified has to do some real soul searching. Ignorant guest like Rev. Peterson, who gets on television to make a fool of themselves is sad. You can tell his goal wasn't there to make peace, but to raise hell.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  62. Valerie Rankins

    I would love to hear back from you from my two post. Thank you.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  63. MOISE

    if people in jesse lee peterson"s church can't realise that he's working for lucifer, after the debate on Trayvon Martin with CNN, it's a good time to see clearly he is lucifer representant on earth.

    July 19, 2013 at 1:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  64. John moran

    Why does your program give a nasty dimwit like peterson a national platform? He just kept repeating the same assertion that martin was a thug with next to zero evidence. Why didn't you ask him if he thought zimmerman was a thug? You could have found someone more civilized to represent his view, but maybe not a black someone. Why didn't you ask," Had Trayvon had gun, should he have stood his ground by shooting Zmmerman?" Then he's so ill mannered that he talks through other guest's time. Let's not see anymore of this rude character peterson!

    July 19, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  65. max

    where did you get this guy the lady asked! really why he didn't get his marching orders. what a jerk lady you are. where did they get so many that would make this even more sad than it is. Look I had a kid that was a not so great teen my self. if this had happen to her my hear would be broken just like there are. But there heart is broken and all this useing them to make gun laws and hate white people is sick and not right. let this be let the days help them feel the pain and heal. no parent need to feel this and when they all stop marching and all the smoke clears they still have to faces this. God let them heal your not helpping them.

    July 19, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  66. MOISE

    Honestly, i can't make any difference between bin laden and georges "zimmerdan". mr zimmerdan, just remember,
    they let you walk away with the blood of a 17 year old Trayvon Martin in your hands. God never fails !!!

    July 19, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  67. tired of bs

    Piers Morgan is a dirt bag piece of crap. Trevon was not an innocent little kid and that's why his lawyers tried so hard to not give the defense all the evidence they had repeatedly. Obama should keep his damn mouth shut and focus on his job which he rarely does. He has no right getting involved in this when we are in multiple conflicts in, multiple countries and a horrible recession. If the roles!!! were reversed we wouldn't still be talking about this. Hey pierswhen you ask someone a question try listening to the answer schmuck just cause you don't like the answer doesn't mean it isn't an answer no matter how many times you ask it. Holding a gun on a Facebook page does not equal innocent and the Reverend never said all pot smokers are thug but nice try. And Jesse Jackson and al sharpton are the real racists the only racists in this story

    July 19, 2013 at 3:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • TAZMAN

      Hey! I like what you said!

      July 19, 2013 at 3:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Valerie

      Tired if BS start by Blaming Self. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask God to forgive you..

      July 19, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  69. Angie S

    Pierce, i wish you had reminded Rev. Peterson about Zimmerman's thuggish past – he'd assaulted a police officer, beaten up a girl friend and previously had a restraining order against him by an ex-girlfriend. But because his magistrate daddy had these things expunged and/or reduced, this history is rarely mentioned. I call this man Peterson "Rev" very loosely. He spews hate, has no love for his community or youth and will certainly never find his way to heaven. Just because he doesn't like Sharpton or Jesse Jackson shouldn't allow him to be so blind to the truth. The way he slanders Travon Martin is certinlly a sin. George Zimmerman knew nothing about him the night he stalked him- only how he was dressed and the color of his skin.

    July 19, 2013 at 3:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tazman

      Hey, where did you get your info about Zimmerman? I watched everything, did research, and I heard that there were reciprocating restraining orders on both! And all he did was go outside the party to find out why his friend was being arrested and he got arrested also! What makes you an expert on what his daddy did? Quit assuming.

      July 19, 2013 at 4:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  70. Brother B"

    Pierce Morgan:The question i have for you is what is the point you are trying to make,by bringing people like L.Elder/Rev Peterson on your show?You obviously didn"t learn anything,from your Debacle,the other night with Elder! These people like Elder/Peterson,are useless and as i said b4,they have no validity/or credibility in the "BLACK COMMUNITY" this "CHARLATAN" who claims to be a Rev,[Peterson]is an "APOSTACY" you can just look at his face,and see something is "MENTALLY" wrong with this guy! the things he said clearly show he is "DERANGED" the only people who will embrace someone of his "ILK,are like minded White,Conservative,Right Wingers,Racists,and Black Tea Partyers/conservatives.Which was all you needed to know about this "FOOL" when Piers announced he was a member of the Tea Party! Blacks who hate themselves,like This Fake Rev/L.Elder are "PITIFUL" and sad at best! and like most whites,they always throw out the "BLACK ON BLACK" crime arguement.As if that somehow "INVALIDATES" the anger/bitterness created,when "WHITES" murder Blacks! how come "Whites" never talk about "WHITE ON WHITE CRIME?Let me ask all the "RACISTS" who always talk about Chicago,to answer this.Who are the ones who always are shooting up "MOVIE THEATERS",COLLEGE CAMPUSES,ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS,POLITICAL RALLIES[GABBY GIFFORD]how about all the "MASS MURDERERS,SERIAL KILLERS,PEDOPHILES,MOLESTERS? Whites that"s who! but yet you have the never to talk about Blacks?But when you have "BLACKS" like the afore-mentioned,who spit out the same garbage,you know things are bad! and what a coincidence,both Elder/Peterson say they are from South Central La! i wonder what in "GOD"S name is going on out there?

    July 19, 2013 at 3:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  71. Angie S

    Piers, Why would you have that clown Peterson on? Talk about thug?? He should know! He can barely talk. He is hateful, ill informed and seems to be simply an awful person. Please don't have him on again. He's embarrassing.

    July 19, 2013 at 3:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Linda H.

    Trayvon is dead and with the Lord hopefully. Let it go and change the law legally. Pierce is stupid and I personally will not watch him again. This is all about TV ratings and making the rich (Pierce) richer. Think about it. If people really care and want to change something STOP talking about it and do something. Talk is cheap.

    July 19, 2013 at 4:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tazman

      Now at least someone is talking some sense!

      July 19, 2013 at 4:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  73. James

    Why does a Facebook pic of Travon with a gun make him a thug? A white kid in a pic with a gun is a 2nd amendment gun lover, or an avid hunter! A black teen in a pic with a gun is "a gangster". Rev Peterson has adopted the racism of the majority.

    July 19, 2013 at 4:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  74. Tazman

    Everyone wants the facts their way! So go right ahead. I can't abide this ignorance any longer, goodbye!!

    July 19, 2013 at 4:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  75. Leesa empathic to tm

    Wow....Reverend u need to pick up that Bible ....because it seems to me u haven't picked it up in a while. Who gave u the right to be a judge and jury....smh. U wrong and u will be judged also. I think u may lose ur entire congregation tonight including Zimmerman followers.

    July 19, 2013 at 6:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  76. chas0font

    Morgan, Walker and Santana should apologize to Rev Peterson for how blatantly rude and disrespectful they were to him.

    I challenge anyone of any race/color to try this, and get back to me what happens.

    At night when it gets dark, put on a hoodie, pull up the hood and cover your head. Then cut through (trespassing) other people's property and beat (assault) the hell (aggravated) out a person who asks you, "What are doing on the property?" when you clearly know you do not live there, your father does not live there, and it is crystal clear that you you should have know better. What will happen to YOU.

    July 19, 2013 at 7:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brother B"

      You obviously are a "MORON" in view of what you just said.Any Fool knows if you trespass,on someones property,that you would be wrong,to be there without Authorization.But what is your point?Trayvon had every right to be in that neighborhood.His father lived there with his Fiancee,which is why Trayvon was there.Because he was visiting his Father! so do us a favor,and go back to sleep!

      July 23, 2013 at 2:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  77. tania Martinez

    Come on the black community has to stop dividing our nation about what Trayvon parents want . God will stand for the truth no matter what you say or do the truth is the truth being angry and upset wont change our laws or the facts thi boy was trouble. Trayvon Martin was lucky how his family got away about hidding his past his records and the real pictures of him from the court & the media how did they get away with that! Rev Peterson said it cleared and he spoke the truth because he knows GOd wants him to speak out to the Black Comminity we cant hide peoples
    real life storys so theat you get what you want . Parents have to raise their kids for the future not kids who get in toruble at school or delinquents then parents look like fools trying to hide a teens past. I agree with Rev.Peterson finally somone came out and told these people to go get a life and let this rest.

    July 19, 2013 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  78. Timothy S

    Joshua Chellew was at a Georgia gas station and was approached by four teenagers, beaten, forced into five lane traffic, knocked unconcious and left t be ran over. He was a white main targeted and attacked by four black men and was killed, its because he was white he got media coverage on a hate crime. Wheres Sharpton and Jackson for his civil rights. I am 100% sure if Joshua was black and the four teens white it would have had unbias media attention and would have shadowed over the Zimmerman case. But this is America and guess the white man cant be victim of racism or have anyone represent them without being a racist themselves.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  79. Jan

    Alleged race issues are big business. For the media, television, attorneys, celebrities and politicians! Get over yourself Piers and face facts, this was NOT an issue of race and Trayvon was no angel!

    July 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  80. karen

    everyone in this world that has been a teenager before have did something that they are not proud of, that's the thing about being a teenager, there are so many teenagers around the world that smoke weed and hide it from their parents and guess what? they are not all black.. nobody teenage child is an complete angel, but does this give someone the right to shoot them down, NO. people look and listen to the stupidity in your comments. so you telling me that if your child do something bad or wrong, then they need to be shot down, I don't think so, you all are just saying this because it's not your child. and the rev j what ever his name is, he is a HUGE disgusting disgrace to even call himself a rev & be in a position as a rev, the bible clearly says THOU SHALT NOT KILL AND THEN HE GET ON TV AND DEFENDS A KILLER, HYPOCRITE AND THE BIGGEST ONE OF THEM ALL...SAD. George was a grown a** man attacking a kid, with a gun, he was not a police, if he felt like trayvon was going to do something he should have called the police went in his house and let them handle it, but instead he took matters in his hand and he needs to suffer the reaction of his actions, simply as that, no one took this case serious, what kind of defense opens up on a murder trial with a knock knock joke, that goes to show you that they actually thought this was funny and did not take this serious by any means...if the world is protesting about what you did, then there is something wrong with what you did, if what George did was right then why is he living in fear...because in his mind he knows the truth to what happened and he knows he lied to get off, what goes around comes around, and GOD does not approve of murders. when someone loses a child to societies stupidity, that is a very hard thing to deal with and it does not matter if the child is green purple orange or blue, so remember your remarks when something happens to your child and remember the hurt you caused this family with all of your hateful sarcastic remarks. KARMA IS NO JOKE!

    July 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  81. KAREN

    and they want to talk about evidence, where is George clothes from that night, if he shot trayvon on top of him then blood would be on his clothes, where is the autopsy of trayvon's body, that will show his fist being bruise from hitting George head, how do we know that George didn't knock his own self in the head to stage a scene like he had been attacked, how do we know trayvon attacked him, we are just going by one man's story, because he killed the other witness, who wouldn't lie to get off..the defense was sorry just as well as the prosecutor to me. and everyone even the jurors viewed this case thru the eyes of George. they didn't take the time to view trayvon's side, and how can he stand a chance with a back in the day 1820's jury

    July 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Timothy S

      if you followed the case there was an eye witness that said theyve seen trayvon on top. but i do think Zimmerman was guilty, he was told not to engage Trayvon.

      July 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  82. Claude

    Finally Piers has someone on - namely Rev. Peterson - who speaks the truth that is so clear and simple that those who have a different agenda based on self-deception - Piers - cannot stand the heat of the truth. To make it worse, Piers resorts to making it a personal issue with Rev. Peterson, then uses the same 'put words in Rev. Peterson's mouth' tactic that he incorrectly accused the Rev. Peterson of doing. If this is to be an open and honest exchange, a talk show host such as Piers, who obviously has his own biased racial opinion, must avoid the disgraceful tactics he uses to further his own agenda. Piers conduct during the interview with Rev. Peterson and other guests - including attempts to emeploy the tactic of leading questioning of the other two guests - was a blatant example of yellow journalism at its best.

    July 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  83. Kimberly

    So, I just watch Ms. Jeantel respond to the tweet with Don West, his daughters and ice cream cones. While I think the tweet was in poor taste, my question is why does Ms Jeantel get to say "where I come from blonds are dumb"? Is that not considered profiling and/or racist? And why did the Piers NOT check her and say that judging a person by their hair color (and assumed skin color to be white) is not appropriate? I am a blond. I paid for my own college education. I teach college. I am NOT dumb! And I am deeply disappointed by the obvious reverse discrimination.

    July 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vegasjj

      Very valid Kimberly! Glad you posted it. And I am not blond 🙂

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  84. Mary

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