Peter Hasson, DCNF
Pastor Jasper Williams launched a scathing criticism of black-on-black violence on Friday at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, where he delivered the eulogy.
“It amazes me how it is when the police kills one of us, we are ready to protest, destroy innocent property, march. We are ready to loot, steel, whatever we want. But when we kill 100 of us nobody says anything. nobody does anything,” Williams said.
“Black on black crime, we are all doing time. We are all up in our minds. There’s got to be a better way — we are locked in our minds. There’s got to be a better way. We must stop this today. Think down, look down, locked down, talk down, had dow,. — head down, most times we are low down. Where is your soul?” the pastor continued.
“If you were to ask me today, do black lives matter? Let me answer like this: no, black lives do not matter; black lives will not matter; black lives ought not matter; black lives should not matter; black lives must not matter until black people start respect and black lives and stop killing ourselves.”
Williams, whom Franklin reportedly personally chose to give her eulogy, also lamented that absent fathers force too many black women to raise their children by themselves.
The pastor described absent parents as a form of “abortion after birth” that is damaging to children who experience it.