A voice in the wilderness has been heard, as black Minister Johnathan Gentry’s rant against the rioters in Ferguson, Missouri went viral this week and catapulted him into the public eye.
Gentry’s six-minute diatribe posted on Facebook Wednesday exploded across social media when he lambasted the black community in Ferguson for rioting, looting, vandalizing and blaming “police and white folk” for their problems, instead of accepting responsibility and heeding the Bible’s injunctions to change their ways.
Gentry said he was “sick of excuses, excuses, excuses,” and frequently quoted Scripture to emphasize his points. He noted that if the two black men in the street had “swallowed their arrogance” and just moved to the sidewalk when the police asked them to, there would have been no problem.
“What we’re doing out here [rioting, looting, burning] is not helping,” he insisted. “How are our kids supposed to grow up when we’re out here acting stupid?”
Entrenched black leadership also came in for a pasting.
“You activists out there, you civil rights leaders…all of a sudden Black Panthers, NAACP come out of the woodwork. They just came out of nowhere, ‘Oh, we’re gonna want justice, we want justice-no justice, no peace.’ That’s all you see, ‘no justice no peace.’ Shut up!” he exclaimed.
“When it was sixty-plus shootings in Chicago a few weeks back, where were you?” he asked. “Nowhere to be found. A few weeks later there were 47 drive-bys [shootings] in one weekend. Where were you? Nowhere to be found.”
Gentry admitted that he would be upsetting many black listeners but he wanted “to debunk that myth that being young and black and mistreated. I’m young, I’m black, I drive a new BMW and live in the valley. I’ve been stopped by the police many times,” and he said that by acting civilly nothing had ever happened and he had become friends with many police officers.
His passionate cry for “real change” resulted in an interview on Fox and Friends Friday.
The reason he ranted on Facebook, Gentry revealed, was because black communities were going around in circles for decades, singing “We Shall Overcome” for 50 years, instead of taking responsibility for their own actions, and adhering to Biblical lessons for self-effacement and humility.
Obama’s remarks on the rioting in Ferguson “were the same old song and dance,” Gentry lamented. “He didn’t say anything about Chicago when it’s a war zone. It’s just PR.”
The fiery minister also lambasted Rev. Al Sharpton and the NAACP for their perpetual absence when black on black violence occurs.
“The only time you come around is when there’s police or Caucasians,” he said pointedly. “You’re not there for the black communities when they need you, so you need to stop frontin’ the NAACP.”
“I want to call them out as well,” he added. “They’re good for nothing. All they do is perpetuate hate. I represent humanity. It’s just from my heart. God came for humanity. Enough with the excuses.”
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