Faith and family values are out
When the left is confronted with the fact—and it is a fact—that their radical anti-God, anti-family SJW agenda is indeed radically out of step with mainstream America, the result is always hilarious. And a little sad.
Case in point, Aretha Franklin was eulogized by Reverend Jasper Williams Jr., and the left melted down because he expressed “old school,” “controversial” ideas about family and faith, about the decline of black owners of small businesses and about #BlackLivesMatter.
A fiery, old-school eulogist at the funeral of Aretha Franklin fell flat for many in the crowd and prompted a social media uproar when he declared “black America has lost its soul,” black women are incapable of raising sons alone and the Black Lives Matter movement is unfounded in the face of black-on-black crime.
. . . . Williams, who also eulogized Franklin’s father, minister and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin, 34 years ago, was excoriated on Twitter and elsewhere for misogyny, bigotry and the perpetuation of false science on race. He also blamed integration and the civil rights movement for ripping the heart out of black micro-economies that once relied on black-owned small businesses such as grocery stores, hotels and banks.
. . . . At one point, Williams asked: “Where is your soul, black man? As I look in your house, there are no fathers in the home no more.”
As for black women, he preached that “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.”
Williams described as “abortion after birth” the idea of children being raised without a “provider” father and a mother as the “nurturer.”
He negated the Black Lives Matter movement altogether in light of black-on-black crime, falling back on a rhyming pattern of yore:
“It amazes me how it is when the police kills one of us we’re ready to protest, march, destroy innocent property,” Williams began. “We’re ready to loot, steal whatever we want, but 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,” Williams said. “Black lives will not matter, black lives ought not matter, black lives should not matter, black lives must not matter until black people start respecting black lives and stop killing ourselves.”
Watch excerpts from Williams’ eulogy (full eulogy embedded below):
It’s not particularly surprising that a preacher calling for stronger faith, stronger families, and less murder is, to today’s left, “old school” and “controversial.” What is marginally surprising is that the regressive left is so out-of-touch—even after the results of the 2016 election—with America and with Americans that they honestly, truly, deeply believe what Williams represents a fringe element who are so radical, so “out there,” that they still insist on believing in God, on seeing strong faith and unified families as a positive, and on thinking murder is bad.
Leftists are incapable of understanding from their coastal, urban bubbles that it is they who are the fringe, the radicals. Williams didn’t say anything that millions of Americans don’t already believe, don’t already hear in their places of worship each week. Heck, even former Obama White House chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel finally realized that it’s important to at least pay lip service to the faith and family values of his city’s black communities.
The vast majority of Americans don’t rely on the media or politicians to formulate our morals and our principles for us. The “woke” left, however, is melting down over what they hear as the sexism, misogyny, ignorance, intolerance, and hostility in Williams’ eulogy.
Reverend Jasper Williams, Jr: "A black woman cannot raise a black boy to become a man."
Who invited this Trump-loving, misogynistic motherf*cker from a bygone era?#ArethaHomecoming
— Bill Madden (@maddenifico) August 31, 2018
Did I just hear Jasper Williams say black women can not raise black boys over the casket of a woman who raised not 1 not 2 but 4 young black men! Man, go take several seats. This is not your pulplit. This is about #ArethaHomegoing #ArethaFrankinFuneral Stay on topic!
— Leah McGowen-Hare (@LeahBMH) August 31, 2018
— Lady Whistledown’s Wig (@StormXMunroe) August 31, 2018
Then there’s this:
Well, no, Williams did not say black people are trash. What he said is that they’ve embraced being treated as such (by Democrats) for far too long. Is he wrong?
Because only President Trump thinks there’s value in faith and family. Or something.
One of the more disturbing responses to Williams’ eulogy ironically reflects the very point Williams makes:
Reverend Jasper Williams plantation style speech at #ArethaFranklinFuneral is a prime example why there is a total disconnect between young Black people and the older Black church crowd. All that cowardly "you's gots to do better" talk ain't fooling these kids
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) August 31, 2018
A “plantation style speech”? In the sense that Williams sees black Americans as manipulated onto a modern-day plantation of the Democrats’ making? Sure, that makes sense and reflects reality. It does not hold up, though, in any other sense. Williams was talking about freedom, about YES, doing better, about stepping up and not waiting for handouts or for the usual Democrat bait-and-switch to save them. No one can or should achieve the American Dream without working for it; if it’s handed to you, it’s not—by definition—the American Dream at all.
Democrats have failed our nation’s black communities for decades, and that isn’t going to stop any time soon. They still have too many people convinced that America is racist, that it works against black people, that it leaves black people behind. Being “woke” should mean seeing that this is all a lie, carefully crafted to keep black Americans in place, to give them fear and rage not hope, to give them a sense of entitlement not a motivation to work to fulfill their goals.
Williams suggests that this is not acceptable, that Democrats are not helping black Americans at all with their relentless insistence on abolishing God, on destroying the family, and on undermining the worth and true value of all Americans.
Here’s Williams’ full eulogy:
The outrage from the left illustrates two things: one, they didn’t realize that “their” people weren’t all aboard the same Godless crazy train that undermines the family unit and perpetuates racial and class-based division; and two, they didn’t know—and still deny—that regular Americans see right through them.
They may have the media, they may be on every broadcast and cable channel and control every social media outlet all day every day, and they may silence all right-leaning thought in these same venues, but the heart of America continues to beat strongly because the fiber of America is not found in the media, in colleges, or in social media.
The leftstream media can refuse to run important stories, hammer anti-Trump #Resistance drivel, and burble on about how there is no room in a new school America for quaint ideas of faith and family values, but they have lost their grip on the public.
We simply don’t believe them anymore.
And why should we? Case in point: Nation of Islam leader and infamous anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan attended Aretha’s funeral and sat on the same stage with former President Bill Clinton. He was in the front row with former President Bill Clinton. Does this attract attention from the media? Well, sort of. After all, it does take paying attention and working within the narrative to actively eliminate Farrakhan’s image from the funeral proceedings.
Liberals: Radical hate preacher Louis Farrakhan isn't part of the Democratic party!
Also: Farrakhan sits next to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, & Bill Clinton. pic.twitter.com/hkludPuGhp
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 31, 2018
Interestingly, MSNBC seems to have cropped Farrakhan from the photo.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 31, 2018
ABC did the same thing:
Revs. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and former Pres. Bill Clinton seated next to one another at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit for Aretha Franklin's funeral service. All three are expected to deliver personal remarks on the iconic singer. https://t.co/GsAKjngPBB pic.twitter.com/Z4dnVb3iT4
— ABC News (@ABC) August 31, 2018
they cropped out farrakhan on the left 😂 https://t.co/kav3fMdtEf
— Jessica Chasmar (@JessicaChasmar) August 31, 2018
As it often falls on bloggers to point out the facts, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, accused of groping Ariana Grande at the funeral, is most certainly not Reverend Williams.
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