Before he took over the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, former radio host Jamie Johnson accused the black community of turning cities into "slums" and disparaged Islam as "an ideology that is posing as a religion that is standing against everything that America was built upon", CNN reports.
Johnson had been the head of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at DHS. DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton said the department has accepted his resignation. Houlton also said that Johnson has "proven himself as a valuable supporter and proponent of the interfaith community's recovery efforts" after the recent hurricanes. Johnson, who was appointed to lead the DHS's outreach office by John Kelly, now the White House chief of staff, established quite a record of ugly rhetoric towards minority groups. Asked why felt some black people were anti-Semitic, Johnson, speaking on Accent Radio Network's conservative "The Right Balance" show, said black people had "turned America's major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use, and sexual promiscuity".
Johnson had provided CNN with a statement apologizing for the comments. "Jews do not want to cut our heads off; Muslims want to cut our heads off", he said in 2011.
In another radio appearance he said, "I never call it radical Islam, if anything, it is obedient Islam".
Before joining the DHS, Johnson worked in global humanitarian relief, providing people with water, clothing, medicines, and food, helping those struck by starvation, poverty and natural disaster. Johnson issued a written statement to CNN, saying he regretted "the manner in which those thoughts" about race and religion "were expressed in the past" during appearances on radio programs, but Johnson added the comments "do not represent his views personally or professionally".
"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".