Homeland Security official resigns over comment calling Blacks lazy, promiscuous
Rev. Jamie Johnson's 2008 remarks come back to haunt
A Department of Homeland Security official resigned after it came out on Thursday that he had made derogatory comments about Black people and Muslims on conservative talk radio.
CNN broke the story of Rev. Jamie Johnson‘s comment on “The Right Balance,” on Accent Radio Network, in 2008. On the show, an unidentified speaker asked Johnson to explain why “a lot of blacks are anti-Semitic.”
Johnson responded by saying that “it’s an indictment of America’s black community that has turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity.
In another radio appearance, on AM radio program “Mickelson in the Morning,” Johnson also made Islamophobic comments about Islam, saying, “I never call it radical Islam, if anything, it is obedient Islam. It is faithful Islam.”
He also stated that he agreed with conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza that “all that Islam has ever given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millennia and a half.”
Johnson, who in April was appointed head of the DHS’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, resigned and offered an apology in a statement to CNN.
“I have and will continue to work with leaders and members of all faiths as we jointly look to strengthen our safety and security as an interfaith community,” Johnson said. “Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities I now see things much differently.”