Johnathan Gentry, minister at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, yesterday said that presidential candidates should not be afraid of the “superficial, shallow” Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Lives Matter has been pressing 2016 presidential candidates from both parties to meet with members of the group.

Gentry said that every presidential candidate should challenge the Black Lives Matter movement. He said that 2016 contenders should ask the group, “Why are you not cleaning up your own community if black lives matter?”

The minister asked: Where was Black Lives Matter in Chicago, in Baltimore and in Ferguson when 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden was shot to death in her own home?

He charged Black Lives Matter with wanting to “protest for thugs,” but said the group is “nowhere to be found in their own communities.”

Gentry said that candidates shouldn’t fear the “superficial, shallow movement.”

“They are cookies with no milk, Lamborghini with no 12-cylinder engine,” he said.


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