Peterson referred to Rev. Al Sharpton and others as “race hustlers” and told Piers Morgan how irresponsible he felt the media is for trying to paint Martin out to be an “innocent little kid” instead of, in his opinion, being honest about Martin being a young thug.
In his opinion, public figures such as Sharpton and President Obama have only involved themselves into this case to “incite the anger of black Americans and others,” adding that they’ve been “using black Americans by dividing the races” and “intimidating white people to get more power.”
When Morgan posed the question on whether the outcome of the case would’ve been the same if instead of Martin, the victim would’ve been a white man like (Facebook founder) Mark Zuckerberg in a hoodie, Peterson said it wouldn’t have mattered. He continued to shoot down the idea that Martin was “some innocent little kid, tip-toeing through the tulips.” He declared: “Trayvon Martin was a thug. His parents know that, you know that, I know that.”
Morgan interjected, “Don’t you speak for me,” and shot back that there’s no evidence Martin was a thug. Peterson asked why if Martin was “such a good little kid… did they work so hard to keep his history out of the courtroom.” He cited pictures of Martin’s Facebook page featuring him with a gun or marijuana. Morgan moved on, but not before remarking that Peterson’s comments were “quite offensive.”
Watch the video below, via CNN: