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Jackson invites controversial speaker for Paterson campaign event

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Councilman Michael Jackson has invited Umar Johnson, a controversial speaker, to speak at a campaign event. He said Johnson will talk about the “importance of voting” at an event at Jacksonville Restaurant on Friday night.

Johnson has advocated violence against police. He has also railed against homosexuality, interracial marriage, and white people.

“It’s time for one of us, when we get into fight with one of these police, to take that damn weapon and blow his god damn brain out,” Johnson says in a video.

Gerald Palmer, a minister out of Kansas City, Mo., described Johnson as a “very vile speaker of hate.”

Palmer urged Jackson to disinvite him from the event.

“He’s a very educated person,” said Jackson of Johnson. “He speaks about some of the truths that goes on in our community. I don’t condone anyone speaking about hate. He won’t be speaking about hate at my event.”

Jackson said Johnson will be speaking at his restaurant at 9 p.m. tonight about the importance of voting. Jackson is among six people running for mayor.

“His comments are very homophobic and violent driven,’ said Palmer. “He’s also said black people shouldn’t vote.”

A phone number was not available to reach Johnson, who is out of Philadelphia, for comments.

Johnson is not new to Paterson. He visits the city 3-4 times a year, according to Palmer, who is part of a group that monitors Johnson’s various speaking events throughout the United States.

“If he’s really concerned about being the mayor of Paterson, he should disinvite him,” said Palmer. “If he was smart, he would get him off of there. Umar’s views, hopefully, does not reflect what he wants to do in Paterson,” said Palmer.

Palmer said Jackson should research Johnson’s past speeches and look at his background. He said Johnson has faced problems with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs for portraying himself as a psychologist.

Johnson faces fines for claiming to be a psychologist practicing counseling without license, according to a Philadelphia media report.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

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  • Dominick Perez

    Is this the guy who keeps getting caught driving on a suspended license and whines to the arresting officer that he's a councilman?

  • Kenny Noisewater

    The following are quotes from Umar Johnson regarding voting:

    "Next time a Negro asks if you're registered to vote, ask them can you vote away white supremacy, vote for reparations, vote for access to capital, or vote away police brutality? If not, tell them to come back when you can and you'll register at that time, otherwise, stay away"

    "The only people who win when the Black underclass votes in an election is the Black Aristocracy, those elitist self-serving Negroes use fear to convince politically uneducated Blacks that they'll lose something if they don't vote. The Black Bourgeoisie needs their asses whipped"

    "Black people have failed to comprehend one major thing about our political struggles" what we are seeking to achieve via voting & protesting has already been proven by history to only come as a result of one thing, war. There will be no peaceful resolution to Black oppression"

    "white man wants to give you the vote while he keeps the power; give you democracy while he keeps the wealth"

    All of these can be found on his twitter feed, until he deletes them…

    • Dominick Perez

      He does have a point, "Reverend" Sharpton, Crooked Maxine Waters and the rest of the race hustlers couldn't give a shit about poor black people. Trump has done more for them in his short time in office than these shakedown artists ever will.

  • SamiAm

    Jackson is biggest crook he couldn't even pay his own PS&g bill at his business text credit for other people's work he's a fucking scammer

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