Relatives Of Aretha Franklin Were Also Disgusted By Reverend’s Strange Eulogy Criticizing Black Single Moms And BLM
Relatives said she did not choose him to eulogize her.
September 04, 2018 at 12:45 pm
Aretha Franklin's nephew has spoken out after Atlanta pastor's critical eulogy lambasting the black community and black women drew outrage from fans who disapproved of his message.
It has been several days since the Queen of Soul's homegoing but the eulogy from Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. still is stirring controversy.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the late artist’s nephew Vaughn Franklin told the outlet family members did not approve of Willams' eulogy. Relatives found the eulogy’s failure to capture the nuance of Franklin's life offensive.
“He spoke for 50 minutes and at no time did he properly eulogize her,” said Franklin, who said he was speaking on the behalf of the family.
The reverend was also criticized for attacking black women single-parent households and stating these families were akin to "abortion after birth." He also claimed black women could not effectively raise black boys to be black men.
"70 percent of our households are led by our precious, proud, fine black women," he said. "But as proud, beautiful and fine as our black women are, one thing a black woman cannot do. A black woman cannot raise a black boy to be a man. She can’t do that. She can’t do that."
Then, he went for the Black Lives Matter movement for placing more value on police brutality and not commenting on black-on-black crime.
"If you choose to ask me today — Do black lives matter? Let me answer like this. No. Black lives do not matter. Black lives will not matter," Williams said. "… Black lives should not matter. Black lives must not matter. Until black people start respecting black lives and stop killing ourselves, black lives can never matter."
The Daily Beast reports Williams was chosen because he eulogized other family members before including Franklin's father, activist Rev. C.L. Franklin, 34 years ago. Franklin's nephew insists she did not ask for Williams.
Despite the backlash, Williams has not apologized for his words.
“I understand it. I regret it,” he told AP. “But I’m sorry they feel that way.”
It “caught the entire family off guard,” Vaughn Franklin said. “It has been very, very distasteful,” he said.
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