Former civil rights leader Joe Hicks reacted to the violent protests in Baltimore tonight, disputing the idea that the riots and looting are comparable to the American civil rights movement.

"There's almost this notion that this has become the new civil rights movement and oddly enough, this has got to have people, like Dr. King, spinning in their grave to hear people describe this as some sort of 'movement' now," Hicks said on "The Kelly File."

He said that he thinks there "is a certain amount of justifiable outrage" over the cause of Freddie Gray's death because of the "circumstances." 

Hicks, who is the vice president of Community Advocates, said that more information is needed in regards to Gray's death and that people need to wait for that information to be released. 

He also said that he thinks "we [are] standing at a very interesting point in American society."

"After all the progress, after a black president, after a black attorney general, you've got these thugs in the street that do create real issues for race relations in this nation," Hicks said. 

He added that the real threat is black men who are killing other black men, not police killing black men.

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