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Minister Rips MSNBC Host's 'Pathetic' Take on Ferguson Violence

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 06:28 PM

Melissa Harris-Perry's jaw-dropping claim that arson and looting are "not violence" is a "pathetic" statement full of "ignorance,'' says Johnathan Gentry, a Los Angeles-based minister and political commentator.

"People want to glorify ignorance and it's pathetic.... You can't justify ignorance," Gentry said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"You just don't justify looting or burning down anything … regardless of the situation. It only shows the violence and the ugliness inside you that everyone is seeing.

"Whether it be white, black or whatever the case … however you want to categorize it, you don't justify looting and burning down someone's business in the name of something.

"That's just ignorance."

The low-rated MSNBC talk-show host sparked a furor when she offered opinions about the jarring violence in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the shooting of black teen Michael Brown by white Police Officer Darren Wilson.

"That night, some in Ferguson committed acts of arson, vandalism and theft and by the next day twelve commercial buildings in the city have been destroyed by the fire," Perry said last Saturday.

"And let me also just point out, arson and looting, while illegal and not things that I support and I think also counterproductive in many ways, are also not necessarily violence in that they are  violence against property, and that does actually carry a legal difference, right?

"I mean, violence against property ought to be different than violence against bodies?"

Gentry said the world and specifically African Americans need a "reprogramming of the mind" because they are taught that the police are bad.

"We're being taught what's going on around us is everyone else's problem and it's not ours.... What [Attorney General Eric] Holder and [President Barack] Obama need to do starts from our communities," he said.

"I can understand there are issues in the police department, but it starts at home. It starts right there in the communities. Obama grew up in Chicago. He should know that it starts right there where we are at, at home and that's not what's being addressed.

"It's the educational decline in a lot of minorities, an educational decline in our young generation now and they are not understanding that and they are not seeing that, so they're going out here acting foolish and calling it justified."

Gentry said if people showed more respect for police officers that "this wouldn't be taking place."


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Melissa Harris-Perry's jaw-dropping claim that arson and looting are "not violence" is a "pathetic" statement full of "ignorance,'' says Johnathan Gentry, a Los Angeles-based minister and political commentator.
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