The Department of Homeland Security must be really hard up to keep a self-proclaimed insurrectionist like Ayo Kimathi employed for even another minute.
As of this column's Thursday deadline, Mr. Kimathi -- an apocalyptic-minded character with visions of race wars in his head -- was still working for DHS, procuring guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
When Mr. Kimathi isn't pretending to be just another anonymous government bureaucrat, he moonlights as "The Irritated Genie" at a website that won't be racking up any NAACP Image Awards anytime soon.
The Irritated Genie is not the most imaginative hatemonger you're likely to encounter this side of a Klan rally. Leaving little to the imagination, Mr. Kimathi dubbed his site that traffics in anti-white prejudice and homophobia "War Is On the Horizon." [The site is waronthehorizon.com, but it works not all the time.]
When he filled out the questionnaire all government employees are required to complete listing outside activities and side jobs, Mr. Kimathi identified his website by the bland acronym WOH, telling his supervisors that it was an entertainment website that specialized in concerts and lectures. No one at Homeland Security ever bothered to ask what the acronym stood for.
A trip to Mr. Kimathi's site would've stirred up the following: a reference to President Barack Obama as "a treasonous mulatto scum dweller ... who will fight against reparations for Black people in amerikkka [sic], but in favor of [gay] rights for freaks in amerikkka and Afrika."
Mr. Kimathi calls himself a "militant black nationalist" whose extremism is prompted by a deep love for the race. He's a big fan of what he calls "black male aggression." His deepest hatred is reserved for those he calls "black-skinned Uncle Tom race traitors" such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg and former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.
Ethnic cleansing and genocide aren't taboo subjects at his site. Mr. Kimathi is willing to level with his readers by conceding that the price of admission to a black Utopia is the willingness to "kill a lot of whites" and to prepare for the "inevitable clash with the white race" -- a particularly chilling piece of advice coming from a guy who buys guns and bullets for Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In other words, "War Is on the Horizon" provides a mirror image of the kind of paranoid nonsense found at the equally crude white-power sites that litter the Internet like dog droppings.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation's foremost tracker of extremist groups and individuals, has been keeping an eye on Mr. Kimathi for a while, which is more than what can be said for DHS or ICE.
"ICE does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric or advocacy of violence of any kind against anyone," said Gillian Christensen, deputy press secretary at ICE when press inquiries about Mr. Kimathi came pouring in.
"Every ICE employee is held to the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct. Accusations of misconduct are investigated thoroughly and, if substantiated, appropriate action is taken," she said in a statement.
All of this raises a very obvious question -- why does Mr. Kimathi still have a job at DHS? Is the reluctance to fire him the result of lingering anxieties from the 2010 Shirley Sherrod fiasco?
You'll recall that Ms. Sherrod's bosses at the Department of Agriculture dumped her in a heartbeat without thoroughly investigating bogus charges leveled by the late right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart that she had used her federal post to discriminate against a white farmer. Mr. Breitbart's proof was a heavily edited videotape that, when played in its entirety, exonerated Ms. Sherrod.
One of Mr. Kimathi's former supervisors told the Southern Poverty Law Center that "everybody in the office is afraid of him. This guy is filled with hate." The former government employee added that "people are afraid he will come in with a gun someday and go postal. I am astounded he's employed by the federal government, let alone Homeland Security."
Homeland Security, as a matter of policy, refuses to say whether Mr. Kimathi faces any sanctions for his hatemongering or whether he's even being investigated. Caution is understandable in an era of manufactured evidence, but how hard can it be to determine whether Mr. Kimathi is really the author of some of the most loathsome propaganda scribbled by anyone in years?
Tony Norman: email@example.com, 412-263-1631; Twitter @TonyNormanPG.