Homeland Security Official Who Once Blamed US Slums On 'Lazy Blacks' Resigns
The head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security came under fire recently for racist remarks he said back in 2008 directed at black people.
Back in 2008 during appearance on conservative radio show “The Right Balance,” Rev. Jamie Johnson said black people were to blame for turning cities into “slums,” according to a report from CNN.
“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,” Johnson said during the interview.
Johnson also said he believed that black people were anti-Semitic out of jealousy of the success of Jewish people.
“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 1800’s 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% of America’s millionaires. Why? Because they work.”
Following the resurfacing of the comments Johnson abruptly resigned from his position and released the following 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. 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.”