Homeland Security Official Who Said Blacks are Lazy, Sexually Promiscuous Drug Users Resigns

Rev. Jamie Johnson, head of a faith-based division of the DHS, had been in the position since April.

Rev. Jamie Johnson, director of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), resigned Thursday night following reports revealing that he is a racist.

Johnson made numerous disparaging comments targeting the Black community and the Islam faith on radio appearances from 2008 to as recently as 2016, according to a CNN report. The network posted audio clips from Johnson’s various radio shows.

Johnson once said Black people were anti-Semitic because they are jealous of the success of Jewish people.

He made the following comments during a 2008 interview:

“I think one of the reasons why is because Jewish people, from their coming to America in great waves in the early part of the 1800s, immediately rolled up their sleeves and began to work so hard and applied themselves to education and other means of improvement and other means of climbing the, I hate this phrase, but the social ladder if you will,” Johnson said. “And they have done exceptionally well for themselves.

“For only representing about 1.4 percent of America’s population, they make up 12 percent of America’s millionaires. Why? Because they work.

“And 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.”

It’s rather ironic that Johnson would lead a “faith-based” department. In a separate radio appearance filling in as host on an Iowa radio program, he said Muslim terrorist groups reflect the real meaning of Islam.

“I never call it radical Islam, if anything, it is obedient Islam,” he said. “It is faithful Islam.”

He added, “And what the media, and sadly too many people in our camp, the Republican Party, want to refer to as militant or radical Islam, they’re simply being obedient, aren’t they?”

Johnson also stated, “all that Islam has ever given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millennia and a half.”

He said in 2011, “Muslims want to cut our heads off.”

In 2016, Johnson criticized former President George W. Bush for calling Islam a religion of peace.

“I always believe that in the days following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and also on the Pentagon that George W. Bush made a critical mistake that we are still in a sense paying for.

“He began to say a phrase that no one had ever said before in popular political culture, which is that Islam is a religion of peace.”

According to CNN, “Prior to joining the department, Johnson was a fixture in grassroots Republican politics in Iowa, serving as a GOP state committeeman and working for Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Donald Trump in the state. He also frequently appeared on the radio airwaves as a guest and as a host of his own weekend program and guest host for other conservative talk radio hosts.”

In April, Johnson was appointed to his “faith-based” position in President Donald Trump’s administration by then-DHS Secretary John Kelly. Now, as the White House chief of staff, Kelly said last month “lack of ability to compromise” led to the Civil War. He said, “I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man,” and “men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

Kelly has also refused to apologize to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) for sharing a false story about her, as he attempted to defend Trump amid controversy surrounding his phone call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson.

The Hill first reported Johnson’s resignation Thursday night with a statement from acting DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton. The agency confirmed that acting Secretary Elaine Duke had accepted Johnson’s resignation and rebuked his past remarks.

“His comments made prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security clearly do not reflect the values of DHS and the administration. The Department thanks him for his recent work assisting disaster victims and the interfaith community,” Houlton said.

However, that statement is an about-face from an initial statement. CBS News reports that earlier Thursday, before Johnson’s resignation, DHS said that he had apologized and he’s a valued proponent of the interfaith community.

“The administration does not support these statements made by Rev. Johnson, some of which were said nearly a decade ago, and for which he has apologized,” the statement read. “We believe Rev. Johnson has proven himself as a valuable supporter and proponent of the interfaith community’s recovery efforts, particularly during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and most recently bringing counseling and support following the tragic shooting at the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.”

Earlier on Thursday, Johnson issued a statement of apology:

“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,” he said. “Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities I now see things much differently. I regret the manner in which those thoughts were expressed in the past, but can say unequivocally that they do not represent my views personally or professionally.”

But, Johnson’s resignation is now official. His webpage on the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnership’s website has been removed. The center was created in 2006 after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma to “engage a broader cross-section of faith and community-based organizations in all stages of the disaster sequence.”

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  • So Johnson was hiding behind his faith while all the time spouting filth. I love when these bigots are exposed for who they truly are. And now, he has resigned. Good. He should never have been hired into this made up position in the first place. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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  • It’s more than “rather ironic that Johnson would lead a “faith-based” department.” It’s totally disgusting that “Reverend” Johnson — or any other bigot — attempts to pervert their religion by, falsely, claiming that their hateful speech and actions are dictated by their religious faith.

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  • Johnson is a racist forever and no apology will cure him. He only apologized when he made World News! He is now aware that his pockets will fall short on donation money, and speaking engagements will be limited to KKK and Neo-Nazi Rallies. All I can hope is that he didn’t have kids to infect with his racists views.

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  • Did he mention that we were still slaves in the early 1800’s? Or did that slip his “mind”? That a group of 3 or more black people were considered a mob and could be killed? Did he talk about blacks being unable to vote, considered 3/5th human in our own constitution, and had virtually no rights? How about Jim Crow laws, segregation, separate, but anything but equal in the court system, educational system, housing, jobs and every area and aspect of normal human life that people take advantage of to give themselves something and pass down a better life for their children and maintain stable marriages and family life was not available to black people?
    What about redlining, unfair banking/lending practices, steering, discrimination in rental housing, white flight? What about the war on drugs was a code for a war on us? How about black people weren’t allowed entry into colleges even into the early part of this century?
    That black people had to fight to be able to sit at a lunch counter and order a goddamned sandwich much less be allowed to educate themselves publically or privately? That prosperous black communities in the south were harassed and even burned to the ground by jealous whites?
    What about black federal employees who were demoted and fired under one of our past racist presidents, thereby, effectively demolishing the rising black middle-class of the time? That being considered “uppity” (striving to better yourself) could get you killed? And even today is condemned (look at the treatment of Obama, an educated, hard-working, dedicated family man and undeniably successful black man) by jealous whites?
    No?
    Didn’t think so.
    And that for all of the historical treatment of Jews, they still have white skin and that can make all the difference in the world? That even if we change our last names or pretend to be Christians in order to keep ourselves alive when being hunted in a society, we can’t do that? I haven’t met not one black person who’s jealous of Jewish people. Louis Farrakhan (the only black person I can think of) doesn’t speak for black people. From whom and where did he get this nonsense? The ones who deny the Holocaust and who condemn Jewish people are other whites and they are the ones who have actually killed Jews by the millions. Not black people. What’s his people’s beef with Jewish people? Jealously of their success? Sounds like it to me. Once again the guilty, deflecting their sins on black people.

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    • Thank you for the post! Johnson’s comments are absurd, what kind of comparison is that, between people who were brought here and treated and seen as animals, easily kept separate because of being visible, not allowed to go to school, be taught to read, so Black people had to take care of each other informally, because of being shut out of every access to formal systems. Now we blame people for acting sometimess outside of the closed systems, and minimizing the value of their wonderful ways of teaching through rhyme, beat and movement, in ways that the world is grabbing (appropriating) widely?

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  • The so-called “Rev.” Johnson is exhibit A that being white and Christian is an oxymoron and an impossibility in 99.99% because of their racist white supremacist idealogy.

    Eastern European Jews succeeded in racist AmeriKKKa because of (1) their white skin privilege; (2) their own racist views against Blacks; (3) their complicity in financing the slave trade and later upholding AmeriKKKan racism while subversively and falsely pretending to be civil rights advocates (4) [Based on my experience in working for Jewish lawyers], their ability to swindle, cheat, and fleece clients, employees and others [read: Madoff] without a conscience.!

    Part of Johnson’s reasoning about Blacks being sexually promiscuous and drug users is true because many Blacks for centuries had FILTHY, WHITE RAPIST, CHILD MOLESTING, INCESTUOUS, ADULTEROUS [read: Thomas Jefferson] SLAVEMASTER’S BLOOD infused in their DNA. With a common name of JOHNson among Blacks, I’m sure his vile white male RAPIST ancestors dipped in blacks and caused them to BECOME sexually promiscuous and drug users after being RAPED with tainted DNA that’s been passed on through generations. Those of us with lighter skin have been touched by rapist white devils. Only in the dumb, dirty South do Blacks wear that light-skinned rapists stain as a BADGE OF HONOR.

    With such gross ignorance and stupidity coming from AmeriKKKans like JOHNson, Muslims should want to CHOP OFF their DUMB, RETARDED HEADS because it’s RACIST! I’m an OBEDIENT Christian and would love to CHOP OFF JOHNson’s racist head.

    Gen. Kelly’s statement about the [Un] Civil War reflects the RACISM that still exists in AmeriKKKa’s military. This white racist dinosaur is too much of a JOHNson-type a-hole Nazi to apologize to any Black woman. JOHNson is valuable to racist white supremacist “Christians” because he’s a chip off the old block of the Confederacy maintaining LOSERS’ VALUES (second-place finishers) Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Bull Connor, Gov. George Wallace, Gov. Faubus, etc.

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    • We know you hate everyone — including yourself — but could you please stop using “retard” and “retarded” as pejoratives? Surely, even you cannot hate those who — through no fault of their own — are intellectually challenged?

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      • grannybunny – you took the words right out of my mouth! I take offense of the flippant way in which ZaziJams uses the word “retard” and “retarded” – it is wrong, wrong, wrong. Also for someone who is a self-described “Obedient Christian” you sure have a hateful and negative way to describe some of our fellow human beings – and I’m not talking about racist people from our atrocious past. I’m talking about the flagrant way you continually generalize an entire population – including light skinned black people living in the south (” Only in the dumb, dirty South do Blacks wear that light-skinned rapists stain as a BADGE OF HONOR” Come on. For the most part – those of us who do champion those less fortunate – Christian or otherwise – we would never toss around the words or ideas you so flippantly use (like dumb retards) …. much less “love to chop off (anyone’s) head. Haven’t we seen enough horror in having innocent people having their heads chopped off by terrorisst for you to so angrily and casually state how you want to chop someone’s head off??? I personally think you need to step back until you can think with a clear head. And before you get all upset… this is my opinion. I am entitled to my opinion – given with as much civility as I can muster.

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  • Though I am sickened by his prior comments and actions and wonder why there’s a faith-based and community arm of the DHS and that he got his position in spite of his past, what if he’s sincere about the fact that his exposure to people of varying background changed him: “Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities I now see things much differently. I regret the manner in which those thoughts were expressed in the past, but can say unequivocally that they do not represent my (current??)views personally or professionally.” Is this what we strive for in terms of diversity awareness and action? I have no idea of his credibility in stating his turnaround, nor necessarily trust it, but just wanted to point it out.

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  • Lavette Wright

    New legislation should require test that question the racial beliefs of anyone who holds an office in any level of government.

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