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ICE puts accused racist website operator-employee on paid leave

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement small business specialist allegedly the operator of a racist and homophobic website has been put on paid leave as of Aug. 23.

The Southern Poverty Law Center outed Ayo Kimathi in an Aug. 21 blog post as purveyor of a website dubbed "War on the Horizon" in which he called for "the mass murder of whites and the 'ethnic cleansing' of 'black-skinned Uncle Tom race traitors,'" the center says.

In an emailed statement, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said Kimathi has been with ICE since July 5, 2009, and "is not involved in or responsible for the purchasing of guns or ammunition for ICE or DHS."

"ICE does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric or advocacy of violence of any kind against anyone," the statement adds. Christensen also said policy prevents her from disclosing whether the agency has started an investigation or not.

According to a person cited by the Southern Law Poverty Center as a former supervisor of Kimathi, ICE was not aware of Kimathi's outside activities but had given the small business specialist permission to run the website after he misrepresented "the true nature of his endeavor."

The website doesn't use Kimathi's name; authorship is instead claimed by someone calling himself "the Irritated Genie."

For more:
- read the Southern Poverty Law Center blog post

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