Lancaster commissioner apologizes for using anti-gay slur

City of Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commissioner Stan Muhammad said he did not mean to offend the gay community when he used the word "faggot" while speaking at an event in Lancaster this past weekend.

City of Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commissioner Stan Muhammad said he did not mean to offend the gay community when he used the term “faggot” while speaking at an event in Lancaster this past weekend.

LANCASTER – A Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commissioner has apologized for using an anti-gay slur during his remarks at this past weekend’s Community Prayer and Call to Action.

Stan Muhammad, one of several guest speakers at the event, used the term “faggot” while describing the Antelope Valley Youth Ambassador program and its concentration on social awareness. Specifically, Muhammad said:

“We’re gonna begin to mobilize like never before and honor Trayvon Martin. We’re gonna call this movement the Antelope Valley Youth Ambassadors for Peace. And we’re gonna begin to empower them with the tools necessary to organize like never before.  There’s gonna be four areas that we’re gonna concentrate on. One of them is social awareness. We all need social awareness, don’t we? Especially our young people, who’s following behind these – I can’t even speak the way I want to speak ‘cause sisters is here – the young people is following behind faggots in this industry, straight up. Individuals who have sold their soul to the devil for a piece of paper…”

After the last speaker, Muhammad took the microphone again and apologized for the slur. He said the comment was directed at immoral entertainers being idolized by young people, and he did not mean to offend the gay community.

Organizers of the Community Prayer and Call to Action have condemned Muhammad’s remarks, calling them “intolerant” and “inexcusable.” In a press release issued Sunday, they said Muhammad is no longer a part of the AV Youth Ambassador program and Muhammad should be removed from his commission post with the City of Lancaster.

Read the full press release:

When the Community Prayer and Call to Action event was organized in light of the recent Zimmerman verdict, it was meant to be a call for solidarity and action that we as a community will not allow injustice. The event brought together a broad coalition of community leaders united through prayer seeking to create a new dialog between the community and their government.

However, during the event, one of the speakers: City of Lancaster Commissioner Stan Muhammad made a homophobic slur during his remarks to the attendees. It is the clear and unequivocal position that the Community Prayer and Call to Action organizer and coordinators find Commissioner Muhammad’s slur intolerant, egregious, inexcusable and has no place in the public square. In fact one of the coordinators of the Community Prayer and Call to Action event is a member of the LGBTQ community and finds Commissioner Muhammad’s slur to be appalling, hurtful and unbecoming of a City of Lancaster official.  Therefore, in light of Commissioner Muhammad’s slur we call upon Mayor R. Rex Parris to remove him from his commission post as we hope his personal views don’t reflect the views of the City of Lancaster.

The Community Prayer and Call to Action also notifies the public that until further notice Commissioner Muhammad will no longer serve or help in any future events moving forward, including the AV Youth Ambassador program; a program focused on channeling youth energy into tackling issues such as lowering crime, increasing volunteerism, helping senior citizens and find a mentor. We implore Commissioner Muhammad to meet with members of the Outreach Center, to meet with members of the LGBTQ community and further understand the veracity of his comments.  Perhaps in the future the organizer and coordinators of the Community Prayer and Call to Action can look towards resetting a dialogue with Mr. Muhammad, but now it is apparent in the current mindset–that is not an option. The event called for a new open minded attitude in the Antelope Valley and the commissioner clearly does not share this goal for the community at this present time.  Commissioner Muhammad’s comment is not what we desire for the future of the Antelope Valley, we hope Mayor R. Rex Parris shares this sentiment.

Speaking by phone on Monday, Muhammad again apologized for the remark and said he was reaching out to the local gay community to create a dialogue around “tolerance and peace.”

Muhammad also issued a written statement, which reads:

“The comment that was made definitely could have been a better choice of wording. It wasn’t and never has been my intention to offend any group, including the gay community here in the Antelope Valley. I would like to offer my atonement, reconciliation and apology for offending that particular group in our community. I’m very familiar with racial discrimination and discrimination based on one’s beliefs, me being a Muslim. My intent was not to offend, and I would like to apologize to the gay community and any other group or persons that may have been offended by my comment.

I would like to meet with the leadership of the gay community to sit down and create a dialogue around tolerance and peace and to see what we can do to continue serving the at-risk members of our community here in the Antelope Valley.”

The OUTreach Center, which dedicates itself to furthering the LGBTQ community in the Antelope Valley,  is willing to establish a dialogue with Muhammad, according to its President Sanie Andres.

“We as an organization and as a community were appalled to hear of his statements, and we definitely condemn the use of any slur against any minority group,” Andres said. “I’m looking forward to speaking with him and finding out what we can do to better educate him and to repair any rift between our communities.”

  135 comments for “Lancaster commissioner apologizes for using anti-gay slur

  1. Berry McCockner
    July 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    welp defiantly i am not gay, but i do have gay friends and i see how it is offensive, i mean heck Paula Dean lost here career for using the “N” word so years ago. just saying… why should this be any different? so sick of the race and name calling from all parties in life and as far as Paris goes hahahaha i would trust him as far as i could throw him, i don’t even think i could push him hes so ….oops sorry see i almost did the name calling thing………have a great day people

    • Son of the Anti Rex
      July 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Paula Dean was not a stoolie for Parris. Parris owes Stan M. for carrying the water in the voters right’s lawsuit.

  2. Nancy P
    July 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I believe the remark was not meant toward any gay people.
    His message to young people and parents or those young people makes sense. Kids are idolizing rappers, entertainers and athletes who are morally corrupt and bankrupting our community.

    • Quigley
      July 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Nancy P you should ask AVTimes to remove your post!?!

      • Nancy P
        July 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        I understand what you are saying Quigley and I was NOT defending him. I do think he is racist and yes, hates anyone not his religion.
        He probably only shakes “non-believers” hands with the hand he wipes his a$$ with.
        That being said, many of the youth in this community need to be held to a higher standard and stop worshipping people who just want their money and have no interest in them as human beings.

        • ms
          July 26, 2013 at 4:39 am

          Nancy p u sho be on here running ur mouth alot

          • nochoirboy
            August 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

            @ms, so what’s your point? oh yeah, you don’t have one. Off topic

  3. evervigilant
    July 24, 2013 at 10:01 am

    No False apologies needed. We see through you and know what you really stand for.

  4. Private
    July 24, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I personally know Stan Muhammad and I can inform you all that he is indeed against homosexuality. I have heard him say f@ggot multiple times. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with them he also said. Even though I know him personally for some years now, I do not agree with him or his beliefs towards the gay community. And as far as to who the men are in the back ground, all Muslim speakers have “security” who stand post behind the speaker. I also know them personally too and I know for a fact that the one on the right is more bad than Stan Muhammad. FYI

    • Notagain
      July 24, 2013 at 8:59 am


    • sikntired
      July 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Something about the cut of the suit, the bow tie and the stance, huh?

  5. Sjgranai
    July 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    My points brought up at the City Council….
    1. LGBTQ Community has a history as well as any other group. We continue to fight for basic civil rights. That remark by “Stan” set the AV back in that fight.
    2. Mr. Parris held a Palmdale City Council member accountable for a “richard cabeza” remark that was made online… it went all the way to a lawsuit. Hold his own Commission members to the same standards.
    3. Mayor Parris’ joke at the beginning of the meeting was insensitive.
    4. OUTreach is a great center, but is not an elected official position and only represents a very small fraction of the LGBTQ community in the AV.
    5. It is a conflict of interest that Sue Dell put her name and Tapestry Commission title on the letter. A city ran Commission is not going to chastise another city ran commission. There is a conflict of interest. Unlike the AVHRTF (Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force) that was unbiased and held cities fully accountable for their actions.
    SOLUTION: Mr Muhammed takes a leave of absence or suspension until such a time that he is able to receive the training he admits that he needs. It is fair and reasonable for all.

  6. Cap'n Lancaster
    July 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm


    • Green is a cover-up
      July 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Raymond Parris is supporting this idiot and you have to ask why? i will tell you why as this piece of work sided with Raymond on the voting rights case lawsuit against Palmdale now that is some self serving leader. Lawyers Protecting themselves.

  7. Teresa Watson
    July 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    WOW.NO WORDS. We all have our own perspectives. But only change can come from within ourselves. We are supposed to be forgiven no matter what!!! Every RELIGION teaches that!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s Time for ALL of us to come TOGETHER as one in UNITY. HUMANITY people….It really is that simple.

    • AVGirl
      July 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      If everything we do is automatically forgiven, guess we don’t need the legal system anymore.

      • Notagain
        July 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        DANGGGG!!! WELL SAID!!

        • Genius
          July 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          …and Church wants full time believers, not just weekend visitation.

  8. Sjgranai
    July 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Only way Parris is going to do anything is if the regional media got involved and smears Parris’ name for protecting this man.

    I am doing what I can to get as much media attention on this as possible. I am just one voice… hoping to be heard.

    • sikntired
      July 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      City council meeting tonight, think anyone will be allowed to bring it up?

      • Mr. Mister
        July 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

        Where? What time?

        • AVGirl
          July 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

          July 23, 2013
          Regular Meeting – 5:00 p.m.
          Council Chambers – Lancaster City Hall
          The City Clerk/Agency/Authority Secretary hereby declares the agenda was posted
          by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013
          at the entrance to the Lancaster City Hall Council Chambers.
          44933 Fern Avenue, Lancaster, CA 93534

      • AVGirl
        July 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        Here are in the instructions to do just that:
        “This portion of the agenda allows an individual the opportunity to address the City Council/Successor Agency on any item NOT ON THE AGENDA regarding City/Agency business and speaker cards must be submitted prior to the beginning of this portion of the Agenda. Please complete a speaker card for the City Clerk/Agency Secretary and identify the subject you would like to address. We respectfully request that you fill the cards out completely and print as clearly as possible. Following this procedure will allow for a smooth and timely process for the City Council/Successor Agency meeting and we appreciate your cooperation. State law prohibits the City Council/Successor Agency from taking action on items not on the agenda and your matter will be referred to the City Manager/Executive Director. Individual speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each.”

        I do remember there being an issue in Lancaster about speaker cards not being accepted or something of that nature at a previous council meeting. So be forewarned and maybe call ahead and find out their exact policy. Get it in writing if at possible or at least the name of the person who told you the rules.

        • Mr. Mister
          July 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

          Awesome thank you! Just one hiccup, I’m not of work til 5:30pm. Any idea if they accept late submissions?

        • Sjgranai
          July 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

          I was there. I commented. Another young man did so as well.

          Where was everyone???

          • AVGirl
            July 24, 2013 at 6:54 am

            I wish I could have attended, but I don’t get off of work until 6om then then it’s a 30 minute drive to Lancaster from work.

  9. Speak Truth
    July 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The Nation of Islam is not a group that holds anti-gay or anti-semetic views. Let’s not use this as yet another excuse to try and defame of vilify Minister Farrakhan or The Nation of Islam . You can’t automaticly assume that Minister Farrakhan sanctions that type of language I can assure he DOES NOT.

    • AVGirl
      July 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Really now?;_ylt=A0oGdV5R5O5RBnUAJP9XNyoA?p=nation%20of%20islam%20anti-gay&fr2=sb-top&fr=slv8-hpd03

      “You think you know Jesus Christ?… If you knew him, why is there so much drunkenness, so much drugs, so much fornication, so much adultery, so much homosexuality, so much lesbianism, so much murder, so much crime? And all of you got a cross around your neck proclaiming a man that hasn’t got nothing to do with the madness we do in his holy and righteous name.”

      Holy Day of Atonement, Memphis, Tennessee, 10/18/09

      “Right now, among the Jews, there’s division. Because some Jews want to sanctify by the law, gay and lesbian and same sex unions and to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis, while there are other Jews that want to stick by the religious law. The same thing in Christianity. We are being divided over moral issues and Satan has made immoral things fair seeming, so the house of religion is divided.”

      Interview with, 4/16/07

      “God don’t like men coming to men with lust in their hearts like you should go to a female. If you think that the kingdom of God is going to be filled up with that kind of degenerate crap, you’re out of your damn mind.”

      Kansas City speech, 1996

      That was only a quick search. Can you honestly deny that the NOI has no anti-gay feelings?

      • sikntired
        July 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        Good girl.

      • Jason
        July 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        Thank you!

    • Freedom
      July 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      The Islamic views on homosexuality are formed from the writings of the Qur’an and various Hadith narrations. It is not only a sin, but a crime under Islamic law. True or false ??

  10. Scott Pelka
    July 23, 2013 at 11:04 am Here is Stan Muhammads lawsuit against Palmdale. Is it any wonder why Rex is protecting him.

    • sikntired
      July 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Doesn’t muhammad live in Lancaster?
      How does he get to be part of this suit?

      • sikntired
        July 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

        Enjoy this with your morning coffee, good citizens of Palmdale-

        Honestly, are there enough pejoratives in existence to describe Mr Parris? It would seem time, maybe past time, to investigate him thorooughly.

        • sikntired
          July 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

          Boycott Lancaster!

          • sikntired
            July 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

            Not that there’s much of a reason to buy there anyway, but I will not buy so much as a cup of coffee,gallon of gas or stick of gum there and I hope my fellow citizens and homeowners of Palmdale will do the same. People of Lancaster need to get him out of there.
            He is so jealous of Palmdale and our mayor he will stop at nothing, even consorting with bigots like Stan Muhammad and God only knows what else he’s got up his sleeve.Sickening.

          • Resident Cynic
            July 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

            I will. Except for my next tattoo and my next “massage” if you know what I mean.

          • sikntired
            July 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

            LOL ,they do abound in Lancaster ,don’t they. Oh well,no ink for a while.

          • William
            July 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm

            I already make it a point not to spend money in Lancaster. I already make several trips a week down below and I can plan on shopping at the COSTCO in Santa Clarita anyway as it’s on the way home and right off the freeway.

            I just spoke to several Palmdale neighbors and friends about the lawsuit and they too are boycotting Lancaster if they haven’t done so already.

            I do feel sympathetic to some business people who are stuck in Lancaster because the rent is cheaper there to have a business. But, it’s up to them to get rid of Parris and all the ill will he has caused in the years he’s been mayor.

            We can do our part by letting businesses in Lancaster know why we won’t shop or eat there. If it hurts them in the pocketbook, then maybe they’ll do something about him. All of our criticism in the media goes only so far.

    • Stinger
      July 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Mayor R Rex Parris: “Lancaster is looking forward to working with the new council.”

      Mayor R Rex Parris: “I don’t mind donating my fee, but how about letting me decide where to donate it. By the way, if you can find someone who has donated more money to our community than my wife and I, we would like to meet them.”

      It’s not about the money, per se. It is, as it has always been. about power for R. Rex Parris. He has been unable to break up the Palmdale City Council to become his bootlickers, so he is trying to find a way to break up said council this way. Once he has financed his candidate into office, he can gain control over the entire AV.

      • sikntired
        July 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

        Shop Palmdale please.

        • William
          July 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm

          Exactly. We got to put our collective heads together and create an effective counter to Parris here in Palmdale.

          While I love to poke fun and criticize his outrageous behavior, we need to take more effective action against this power hungry and divisive person.

          Mayor Ledford has enough to do without the added burden of fending off Parris at every turn. We can’t leave it all up to Mayor Ledford as great a job as he has been doing.

          • Stinger
            July 27, 2013 at 5:06 am


  11. sikntired
    July 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This is an informative article from the southern poverty law center on the history of nation of islam.

  12. Rick
    July 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

    So now we are letting the “Nation of Islam” take over the City of Lancaster? That’s interesting and concerning.

    • Up2here
      July 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Right! It’s too late. The damage is done! Get the h3ll out of our cities! We have enough problems!!!!

    • sikntired
      July 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Probably what people in Germany said when Hitler took over.Nation of Islam,Mr Farrakhan,admires him also…and let’s not overlook their stand on interracial marriage.

  13. Jason
    July 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

    How can you use that term in a speech about “social awareness”? So ridiculous.

    • Sjgranai
      July 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Well… now we are socially aware of his hate for [removed]. That term in no way is used outside of a hateful context.
      I am offended and I do NOT want him serving MY city in any way.

  14. Notagain
    July 23, 2013 at 9:12 am


  15. Letlow
    July 23, 2013 at 8:09 am

    So Rex said in today’s paper he has no intention of removing Stan from his commission and the slip up provides a teachable moment. And Bishop Hearns stuck up for Stan too. Seems both men think that everyone makes mistake and Stan should be given a second chance. Stan’s choice of words were reprehensible, but I challenge the people raking him over the coals in this forum to think hard about whether they have ever said anything they wish they could take back. I’ll leave it at that. And yes, I think Paula Dean’s slip up is blown way out of proportion as well.

    • AVGirl
      July 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Because he is a city official, his words have much more weight behind them then the average person. He is in a minor role of authority, and people look to such people for guidance.

      If another official had gotten up there and used the “n” word the NAACP, ACLU etc would have made this national news. Because homosexuality is considered an ok bigotry to have by many, city official are willing to let it slide.

      Slip up’s are usually because people are carless in their choice of words, but you have to stop and think, why would that particular word even be in their vocabulary? Even if I am mad or upset, there are some words I would never ever utter. There has to be some reason those words are rolling around in their heads and usually it is because those are the words they whisper to themselves.

    • Eddy
      July 23, 2013 at 8:50 am

      I don’t think he should be removed because of what he said. He should be removed from his position and replaced with someone who uses proper English. He speaks as if he is on the streets and not in a public office. How does he expect to be taken seriously? I have never said the “f” word or the “n” word. It’s not people saying something by accident. It’s people accidently showing people who they really are I promise that was not the first time he used that phrase.

      • sikntired
        July 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Good points Eddy,this is one of the tenets of his religion,it is a core belief.

    • sikntired
      July 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

      He did not make a mistake,these are his core beliefs just as they are Mr Farrakhan’s.This is a basic tenet of his religion.

  16. rome
    July 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    “Can’t we all just get along?”

    • J Dionne
      July 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

      I thought a [removed] was a cigarette.

  17. T-Bone
    July 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    If this guy is not removed Lancaster loses Credibility and Support from many in the Community! This is not Unity it is Prejudice and Hypocritical!

    • sikntired
      July 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Mayor Parris in the AV Press today states he absolutely will not replace him.
      Veronica Fields,much to her credit,has completely disowned him.

      • Rob
        July 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

        Then R. Rex is no better then Stan Muhammad.

        • William
          July 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

          What if Stan knows something and would spill the beans if Parris fired him?

          Anything corrupt and despicable is possible with Parris.

          So, for now, let Parris receive his well-deserved criticism for not firing him. He likes to dish it out all the time.

          Parris and other Lancaster leaders have a nice history of saying stupid and harmful things and sticking by them. Fortunately, as a ‘christian community’ all is forgiven over and over.

  18. SAC
    July 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    In all fairness though…..I haven’t heard of anything negative about Mr. Muhammad outside of this unfortunate event. Reading another post here chronicling his public affairs, it seems as if he has done some good works after some severe private missteps. He DID issue an immediate apology, and giving him the benefit of the doubt, was sincere in that apology. One ill-spoken line does not negate his honest attempts to do good in the community.

    • T-Bone
      July 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      A lot of people have Apologized Quickly and Have done good deeds for Communities but this is not acceptable when you are supposed to be one who Unites and Represents our City! We all see how he thinks now and Obviously he is a Fake! Stop trying to make excuses for him!

    • Notagain
      July 23, 2013 at 6:53 am


  19. Resident Cynic
    July 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    He’s one of Rex’s pawns. Rex used him to sue Palmdale in that ridiculous voter rights case. Wonder if he’s helping Rex sue Santa Clarita too, Rex sure knows how to pickum..

  20. I don't care what you think
    July 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    He obviously wants to foster hate over unity; and I am certain that he was very deliberate with his use of the word “F****t”. That was not a slip of the tongue. I am also offended by the train-wreck he makes of the English language in his speech as well as his writing.

  21. SAC
    July 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    The apology was worse than the statement!!! In the apology he codifies his association of homosexuals with immoral people. In the immortal words of Linus….GOOD GRIEF!!!

  22. OPENurEYES
    July 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Wow, just got home and read this. What’s incredible is that something like this hasn’t been picked up by the television media or the LA Times. You would think with all the attention being given to the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman verdict, and all of the focus on what every “Activist” has to say about the jury, along with demands for the DOJ to open a civil rights case, some notable news organization would pick up this story. Especially since there’s an actual recording of his statement. I don’t get it? Even the High School fight incident went viral earlier this year???

    • Quigley
      July 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Your absolutely right.The AV times should step up and make it happen, and all of us posting should send the article to the news stations. Let’s put a stop to this madness!

      • OPENurEYES
        July 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        And the DOJ too!

        • Quigley
          July 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm

          Get busy!

  23. Scott Pelka
    July 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    FYI… this guy was a plaintiff in the voter rights case against palmdale. Not many creditable people you got there Rex.

    • sikntired
      July 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Wonder if he had a part in the DOJ charges against L.A.S.D.

      • Letlow
        July 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        He is a part of Tcal, so yes, I do believe he may have had a hand in the DOJ charges as well. But wait a minute, let’s pump our brakes for a minute. Stan’s slur was despicable but he has owned up to it. Let’s not turn this into a Paula Dean witch hunt. Paula Dean didn’t deserve it and neither does Stan. If someone makes a mistake and owns up to it what’s the point of continuing to rake said person over the coals? Why not look at the man’s actions going forward and let those actions determine his sincerity?

        • Mr. Mister
          July 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

          I would be for second chances had he been sincere in his apology. Never once did he say that he doesn’t have prejudice or bias toward homosexuals, or that he’d like to reflect on his inner feelings and see how his views may be able to change with some knowledge and understanding. It was more of a sorry you were offended by my remarks. To use a term like [removed], there has to be inner hatred there. Had he said ‘homosexuals’, it wouldn’t have been so severe, yet still would carry negative connotation due the nature of the comment. Whether he calls homosexuals, ‘homosexuals’ or [removed], he still carries the prejudice with him. Someone like that shouldn’t be representing our town. Same goes for anyone with any bias to any culture or sub culture. Why can’t we ever get Philanthropists to represent us both locally and nationally? Oh yeah, they wouldn’t be bought off like the rest.

        • AVGirl
          July 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

          If he was just guy on the street who said that, it might be overlooked (not saying it is right mind you)He is suppose to be someone people look up to, a person who is suppose to lead others. He should be very careful of how he portrays himself. Otherwise those who follow him might think it is ok to behave that way.

          With great power, comes great responsibility. Not saying he is has great power, but he has more then the average person on the local political scene.

  24. Gladys
    July 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    *Standing Ovation*

  25. Malcolm Blue
    July 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    His was NOT a “homophpbic” remark. It was ant-gay, pure and simple! He should be fired!

    • sikntired
      July 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      agreed-he should have already been told to step down from that commission;

      • sikntired
        July 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        Lancaster city hall 723-6000;

  26. sikntired
    July 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    have to wonder how carefully was this guy vetted before being appointed.

    from the KCET website,”Stan” Muhammad has nothing left to hide and nothing left to fear. Before becoming the Executive Director of Venice 2000, a gang rehabilitation and job-training program, Muhammad served time in prison for selling dope at the corner of Westminster and 6th Avenue. As a witness to the social collapse of the area, Muhammad has since been working on the inside, creating tools to enable members of the community to organize and renounce their gang ties. And although he does not negate the responsibility that his people must bear for the bloodshed, Muhammad firmly believes that police injunctions were designed to create a hike in property values and the gentrification of Oakwood, rather than prevent crime.

    • Genius
      July 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      I think he may be right about the gentrification process and property value issues. Politicians do it all the time.

  27. Notagain
    July 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm


    • Up2here
      July 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Dang right!

  28. kat
    July 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    well said..

    • Dora
      July 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Well said.

  29. kat
    July 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm


  30. Quigley
    July 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Hey Outreach Center…his name is Muhammad, you will not change his thoughts. FYI, I hate the color green on a car, and no good salesman will ever talk me in to buying one. Not gonna happen.

  31. evervigilant
    July 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Hey Mayor Rex Parris: This group, and everything they stand for, is nothing more than an attempt to organize hateful, racist groups groups of Blacks in the AV. What a sham. Give Us Our AV Back!!!

    • Forewarned
      July 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      ☝ Ditto! ☝

      • Roxie
        July 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        I am sorry, but there are many white folk that supported this event and will volunteer to help the youth. We are trying to do something positive and help get them focused on good, productive things. If you can’t be part of the solution, then maybe you are part of the problem…..(not sure who said that, but I like it!)

        • Up2here
          July 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

          Dixie, what you’re doing is good but don’t include this man. Never backup anyone who is a bigot!

  32. T-Bone
    July 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Typical… Don’t call us “A Name” but we can say what we want…Give Us Respect be we don’t have to “Respect Anyone Else”! Give me an F-ing Break!!!

    • Forewarned
      July 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      ☝ Double Ditto ☝

    • Stinger
      July 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm


      Mayhaps he should also enjoy the ‘Paula Deen’ treatment?

      • sikntired
        July 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

        and then some!

  33. Myra W.
    July 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    “Rap artists like Lil Wayne and Jay Z sold their souls to the synagogue of Satan run by faggots.”

    — Commissioner Stan Muhammad

    He also needs to apologize to the Jewish community! “Synagogue of Satan” is a term used by black supremacists to describe white European Jews.

    • AVGirl
      July 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      I would be interested to know if this comment by him can be documented.

  34. AVGirl
    July 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Looks like there will be an opening for a new commissioner (application for any interested parties)

  35. klutz
    July 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    If he was white this would have made National headlines

    • evervigilant
      July 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm


    • sikntired
      July 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      He would have already been run out of town on a rail if he were white.

  36. July 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    An inappropriate comment for this day and age. How does this foster acceptance/tolerance? I wish that the Trayvon Martin murder/slaughter would be respected in that nothing hateful would be uttered. Only unity of all people that are hurting.
    Peace to all of you from me, and I do not care what color your skin is, how much money you have. We need to all listen to John Lennon’s song Imagine.

  37. sikntired
    July 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Who appointed this.guy ?

  38. Scott Pelka
    July 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Wow… Shades of Sherry Marquez. Lets divide everybody. What an idiot.

    • Stinger
      July 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Yep. Typical City of Lancaster Official nowadays.

  39. Genius
    July 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Why do these guys look like Black Panthers?

    • sikntired
      July 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Nation of Islam was in attendance.

      • kat
        July 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        I was wondering if he was muslim.. they are totally anti gay etc.. anti christian etc..

        • sikntired
          July 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm

          and anti white.

      • Palmdale_Steve
        July 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        Calypso Gene will NOT be happy with Stan Muhammad…that’s for sure.

  40. A concerned citizen of Lancaster
    July 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Who wants to join me in a demonstration against this commisioner? He needs to be removed immediately, we need to hold a rally and conduct a march against him for his malicious words against the gay community… OH wait, nevermind we can’t do those things, we gotta work and pay taxes so others can do this type stuff for a living… I say what’s good for Paula Dean should be good for him… REMOVE HIM

    • Quigley
      July 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Damn, how sad that you are right on!

    • Rob
      July 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I would attend a demonstration against Stan Muhammad.

    • Sjgranai
      July 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Yes.. I am broadcasting this far and wide to the LGBTQ Community because Parris is protecting him. This man would demand “justice” if someone had used a racial slur in a speech in Lancaster (hell.. he is suing Palmdale!)..

      With all due respect…. the OUTreach center does not speak for ALL the LGBTQ Community. I don’t do political tangos with hate mongers.

      I will be at the next City Council meeting voicing my demands to have him removed. I URGE others to do the same.

  41. just me
    July 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    well that was p.c.

    In a speech about social awareness? That was likely scripted? Come on’… we think this was an accident? Or did someone need 15 minutes of fame?

    • AVGirl
      July 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Listening to the audio, it doesn’t sound like he was reading or had a formal speech prepared.

      • Quigley
        July 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        Agree…his mentality is something our youth does not need!

  42. soapbox journal
    July 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I think I will look for a cabin in the woods so far away from humans. I am tired of all the racism, filth, immorality, and general uncaring, unloving humans, we hurt each other without conscious thought, we starve our children, beat, abuse. We rob , steal, kill, this world is becoming more like Sodom, and Gomorrah. We worship people who make all this seem like the greatest thing since water. Just my thoughts.

  43. Quigley
    July 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Can’t decide if I want to laugh or cry….SMH!

  44. Mr. Mister
    July 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I think he should be forced to listen to John Lennon’s “Imagine”…

  45. Uncle Tom
    July 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I understand that it’s likely a highly emotional time, but as a leader its your responsibility and duty to be an example to the people who you want, or have, looking up to you. The inability to formulate proper English sentences, and of course the poorly chosen words, just continue to guide the youth, that you so want to help, to their downfall.

    At least he is owning up to it his slur, and appears to making attempts to foster harmony and healing with those who feel most affected by it.

  46. funny
    July 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Where are all the Black people telling this man he did wrong, Maybe we all of us [removed] should march and protest

  47. BGF
    July 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Maybe one day kids will ask their parents “What was religion?” & people won’t be killing each other & spewing hate based on superstitious nonsense & meaningless mythology like this [removed].

    • Uncle Tom
      July 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm


  48. Chris
    July 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Just like Paula Dean – OFF WITH HIS HEAD!

  49. Chris
    July 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    OK now it’s time to put up or shut up. Is the type of tolerance people are seeking? Don’t want it? Then don’t spew it! We don’t need this vomitous douchebag in the Antelope Valley?

    • Up2here
      July 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Agree! Talk about bigotry.

  50. I'm just me
    July 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    This might come as a shock to many but Islamists HATE gays just as much as they hate Jews, Christians, etc. Islam is NOT a tolerant peaceful “religion” .

  51. david c
    July 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    So Brother Muhammed feels it’s okay to call Gays in the Entertainment Industry [removed] but it’s deplorable otherwise?
    So by that stretch, I can call him a [removed], and not mean all black people, right?
    And is Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commissioner a paid position, or does this idiot get to spew his vehemence for free.
    At least he has bodyguards.

    • AVGirl
      July 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Generally a commissioner is paid a stipend of a few hundred dollars a month.

  52. Forewarned
    July 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    To all the Travyon supporters…who’s the bigot now?!

    • omg
      July 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm


  53. Disgusted
    July 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    In this day and time word choice is critical. Everything is up to perception, however there is no getting around this “slip” of the tongue. This man should voluntarily step down from his position and bend his knee in prayer.

    • Gladys
      July 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Pause before he uttered? No slip of the tongue there.

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