An African American pastor at an Ohio community college says he has been accused of racially profiling students and making anti-Semitic comments in an online video.
Dennis Johnson, the founder and pastor of the St. Paul Bible Church, said on his Facebook page that he was “deeply saddened” by the incident and said he was calling on authorities to take action against him.
“I have been accused by the KKK, by neo-Nazis, and anti-Semites of being a racist,” he wrote.
“I am calling on law enforcement to take immediate action against me.
I am calling for justice.
I call for peace.”
Johnson said he has spoken to members of the FBI, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio State Police and said they were not involved in the investigation.
The video showed Johnson, an African American man, making anti–Semitic remarks to a young man in a hooded sweatshirt, a shirt with a swastika in the middle, Johnson said.
Johnson said in the video that the white students were “trying to take over the white community.”
Johnson also said in an interview with WKYC-TV that he had received death threats, but said he is not responsible for the threats.
In a written statement, Johnson wrote that he is the victim of hate crimes and is the target of hate speech because of his political views.
He said he never said he had a white supremacist agenda, but rather that he wants the government to take on the white power structure.
Johnson told WKYT-TV on Friday that he has had a number of racially motivated incidents in the past.
He said he did not mean to make a statement that anyone should be targeted because of their race.
“It was not intended to be malicious, but to highlight the fact that this community does not have the resources or the training to handle the situation in a safe way,” Johnson said in a written response to a reporter’s question about the video.
Johnson was a pastor at St. Mary’s Community College for eight years before resigning in October.
He was named as the head of the campus’ school of religious studies, a position that allows him to receive private grants.
The school said in late August that it was suspending Johnson, citing a number and a threat against him that was made against the school.
Johnson did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.