Reverend Johnathan Gentry, a black minister and right-wing public figure, has some advice for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri — and for black folks in general: Shut up, stop whining about racism, and just do what the nice police man says.
Gentry also wants to apologize to America for his fellow black people’s ‘idiotic behavior’ in Ferguson, Missouri.
First, the good folks at Fox showed the obligatory footage from Ferguson, followed by clips from an August 11th YouTube rant by Gentry that supposedly went “viral.” If you count 92,885 views by right-wing pundits and their fans — plus one from a certain writer whose job forced her to watch it — as “going viral.”
And of course, Gentry’s rant plays into the right-wing narrative on black people: If they would only be more compliant and stop blaming white people for their misfortunes, things would go better for them:
“What we’re doing out here is not helpful. Change is not gonna come until we change it. I hate to say this, but I’m going to tell you what you NEED to hear, as opposed to what you WANT to hear.
All we know how to do is blame the police and white folks for our actions. All we know how to do is march and ride and loot.”
Most of the protesters didn’t do any looting, but even if they did… why shouldn’t black people feel angry and blame police and “white folks?” After all, “white folks” are the ones who enslaved them 300 years ago; “white folks” are the ones who imposed Jim Crow laws after Abraham Lincoln supposedly emancipated them; and white police officers and vigilantes are the ones who keep beating and shooting black boys and men for no good reason.
The camera then pans into the studio, where Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade asks Gentry:
“I don’t know that they got that message with all the looting that unfolded again… how are you feeling this morning about your community?”
Gentry’s community? We didn’t realize he lived in Ferguson. Oh, wait, Kilmeade must mean the black community… Because Gentry’s black and most of the Ferguson protesters are black.
Ferguson doubles-down on his black-shaming, pro-white establishment rhetoric:
“I want to say this: President Obama’s not gonna do it, Al Sharpton’s not gonna do it, NAACP is not gonna do it, or any other activist or civil rights leader… I want to apologize to America for our behavior [cue footage of rowdy black dudes piled on a car and waving red solo cups] as black people. That’s first and foremost.”
Gentry demands that all the Ferguson protesters apologize, even though most of them were peaceful? Why not also demand that police apologize for shooting and teargassing them?
Gentry then adds the obligatory disclaimer that this “isn’t about race.” Even though we all know it’s all about race.
“I want to apologize to America for our idiotic behavior at this point. This has nothing to do with race. This has nothing to do with the police at this point.”
Gentry also thinks black folks need to STFU, make nice with police, and “humble themselves” when they get stopped for no good reason. We don’t need no stinkin’ civil rights.
“I’ve been pulled over, I know how to act when i’m pulled over. That’s our problem. ‘You picking on me ’cause I’m black. What you doing that for?’ It just escalates. Humble yourself…Whatever that they got to do, whatever they pulled you over for, if you didn’t do nothing, what’s the problem?”
Watch Rev. Johnathan Gentry on Fox News.
Watch Gentry’s YouTube rant.
For those who missed Gentry’s original YouTube rant, here it is in its full glory — and boy, it’s a doozy. Because Gentry’s sick of it, SICK OF IT, we tell you:
“I’m going to tell you what you need to hear as opposed to what you want to hear. All we know how to do is blame the police and white folks for our actions. All we know how to do is march and riot and loot. I’m sick of it! I’m sick of it!”
Why can’t these danged black folks just get with the program?