Jasper Williams Jr. speaks 'truth to power' at Aretha Franklin's funeral

"Speaking truth to power" is a four-star virtue for left-wing script writers. But what happens when someone speaks truth to power to African American and left-wing elites?

Boos fall like rain. Condemnations are issued. Apologies are demanded for hurt feelings.

Such as the reaction when Jasper Williams Jr. spoke truth at Aretha Franklin's funeral. The Queen of Soul's family called his remarks offensive. A USA Today headline called his remarks "divisive, political," as if nothing anyone else said during the hours-long celebration attended by left-wing activists and celebrities was partisan.

What horrible thing did Rev. Williams say? Truth. Truth to the powerful people sitting on the stage and to the millions viewing.

  • Blacks must stop killing each other.
  • Blacks people must start respecting black lives.
  • "There are not fathers in the home no more."
  • A black woman cannot raise a black boy to be a man.

And more:

Elsewhere is in his eulogy, Williams blamed integration and the civil rights movement for gutting the system where black-owned small businesses can thrive. His controversial comments hit a fever pitch, though, when he regurgitated some stale Republican talking points regarding “black-on-black crime,” four words that had no business being uttered at all during Aretha Franklin’s funeral.

“When we kill 100 of us, nobody says anything. Nobody does anything. Black-on-black crime. We’re all doing time. We’re locked up in our mind. There’s got to be a better way. We must stop this today… Do black lives matter? No, black lives do not matter. Black lives will not matter. Black lives ought not matter,” he said as the crowd applauded. “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.”

For that he was called a "homophobic, sexist, misogynist, ableist, uneducated bigot."

What truly was offensive at the 9-hour funeral was the presence on the stage the black racist Louis Farrakhan in the front row with other luminaries.

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  • Jasper Williams was asked to do a eulogy about Aretha Franklin. This he did not do. A eulogy is about the deceased, why her life mattered - not his opinion on why Black Lives Matter doesn't. His diatribe, no matter whether received with approval or disdain, was inappropriate.

  • In reply to CherylJ:

    Quite correct. But he's also being criticized for his politically incorrect comments about responsibility.

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