Peterson argues that if blacks were perfect enough Jim Crow would have just evaporated. That is nonsensical.
Black conservatives come in two flavors. Those who seek to build a base of support within the black community and those who simply flatter white people. The flattering white people approach will get access to white checkbooks but it will end up in a Alan Keyes, Roy Innis, Joe Clark dead end when whites figure out that they are wasting their money on a loser.
The "blacks brought Jim Crow on themselves because they aren't perfect and if they had been perfect white people would have had to love them" argument is fawning flattery.
Sam, you're ignorant of history and common sense. Booker T. Washington believed, rightly so, that if black Americans made themselves indispensable in their communities, assimilation and eventual parity would come to pass. Whereas WEB Dubois advocated essentially a dictatorship of the intellectual elites, and agitation for "progress". The agitation did just that--agitated at the expense of better race relations. And many blacks who took the Dubois path ended up, as Washington pointed out, in the absurb position of knowing how to speak foreign languages while being skilless and broke. So much for "progress".