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Eulogies At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Spark Controversy

Eulogies At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Spark Controversy

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.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

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.

Then there’s this:^tfw

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.^tfw

One of the more disturbing responses to Williams’ eulogy ironically reflects the very point Williams makes:

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.

Interestingly, MSNBC seems to have cropped Farrakhan from the photo.

ABC did the same thing:

People noticed.

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.

Dear the #Resistance and the misguided #NeverTrump “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” conglomerate:

This is #WhyTrumpWon.

That is all.


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What else do you expect from these malignant clowns?

“Because only President Trump thinks there’s value in faith and family.”

This is parody, right?

    Rags, you lost your sense of humor somewhere along the line.

    Perhaps the full quote can help you see the point I am making in this sentence:

    “Because only President Trump thinks there’s value in faith and family. Or something.”

    The “or something” is a clue that I am being snarky. The tweet that follows (this is called providing an example or evidence) further illustrates the point.

    Is Jasper Williams sent there by Trump? This is a mess. #ArethaHomegoing
    4:51 PM – Aug 31, 2018

    Ah, so let’s see if we can wrap our mind around this point. Williams is pro-family, pro-faith. The twits respond by linking him to Trump. I note this weirdness by . . . pointing it out.

    I get that you hate Trump. And me. I do get it. I really really do. But don’t do this sort of thing. No one buys it, and it just makes you look either TDS-addled or just plain incapable of understanding pretty standard rhetorical devices. Either way, you don’t do yourself any favors. People can read, Rags, and most of us still have our sense of humor.

    Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | September 1, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    “Because only President Trump thinks there’s value in faith and family.”

    This is parody, right?

    Not parody, irony. It’s a response to insane people tweeting that anyone preaching about the value of faith and family must be a Trump lover and/or Trump’s representative, presumably because only Trump believes in those things.

    Speaking of malignant clowns:

    Right on cue.

    C. Lashown in reply to Ragspierre. | September 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

    @Ragspierre re:“Because only President Trump thinks there’s value in faith and family.”

    Ya know Bud, I’ve noticed that you have a real skill at pissing folks off. Where did you acquire such malevolence, your Daddy or your Mamma’s boy friend used to tear you down on a daily basis? You know by now, they were lying to you, right? Some folks just ‘get off’ hurting others, demeaning them with ridicule. You’re not one of those types of coyotes are you?

    Anyway, faith and family are a good place to start…and the black community is going to have to start someplace. They’ve surrendered their humanity and values for cheap trinkets.

Thanks for the enjoyable read and the uplifting story of a man willing to speak the truth.

ghetto’s gotta ghetto…

like crabs in a bucket.

I think Aretha Franklin deserved to have her funeral be hers.

It’s just not right to use a person’s funeral for your own purposes. It is ungracious toward the family, and disrespectful to the deceased.

    Anchovy in reply to Valerie. | September 1, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    When everything is political well, everything is political.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Valerie. | September 1, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I think that Franklin suffered from the same cultural problems as her fellows, and that they cannot improve their lives until they face those issues head on.

    It is reasonable to “sock it to” her and her fellows.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to JusticeDelivered. | September 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      I grew up in Flint and watched the city turn into one big ghetto. Most people probably are unaware that for the past 60 years Flint has been a grifter city, constantly scheming to get people outside the city to pay their way.
      Over the past 60 years Flint collected water system service fees, they spent that money on everything except upgrading the water system. Then they pulled their biggest con ever, blaming the state and getting state residents to pay staggering amounts of money fixing their self inflicted problems.
      Franklin publicly called for Flint to “sock it to them”, state residents. Perhaps that puts my reasonable to sock it to her.
      To put Flint’s self inflicted water crisis in context, everyone one in Flint uot until 1967 was drinking processed river water drawn through what were new lead service lines when I was a child. We have lived reasonably healthy lives, this in spite of the fact that we were also being exposed to fums from leaded gas and lead paint.
      Today, the levels of Flint residents lead exposure is a fraction of what we received. Flint residents were not poisoned, and they got away with pulling a billion dollar scam on Michigan residents. This included charging permit fees exceeding $2500 per home to replace lead service lines owned by each homeowner.
      Franklin’s actions of calling for socking it to state residents ranks her at the same level of kneeling jocks.

    Anonamom in reply to Valerie. | September 1, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I’m with you on this one, Valerie. Aretha Franklin deserved to be remembered and honored at her funeral. Why was this man making a political speech that had nothing to do with her? Have people no couth?

The Friendly Grizzly | September 1, 2018 at 9:10 pm

I know virtually nothing about Miss Washington aside from the sound of her music. When I find myself wondering is, what would she think of this circus done in her name?

Bill Madden: “Who invited this – ”

You did. Don’t you remember?

The Paul Wellstone funeral is a good example, but long before then the Left routinely hijacked public events to pimp their politics to a captive audience.

For the last 10 years (at least) I haven’t been able to watch a play or movie without some jackass trying to shame (Pence at Hamilton) or convert me.

You’ve screwed up comics, screwed up the Cons, screwed up the Hugo Awards, screwed up Computer Gaming, and screwed up the NFL.

Welcome to your world. I’ll be crashing your funeral to protest and lecture on Border Security.

It is clear now why she did not have a trust or will. Because she would never have a peaceful moment. She has 4 children and no husband. Uniform Probate Act says each will get to split $40M – $15M ( 40 – 10.5 exemption, estate taxes after exemption, roughly) – State taxes – fees/costs. In other words, a lot of money. Without years of whining and harassment by these hangers on.

Hands up, Don’t shoot and Black Lives Matter are nothing more than Affirmative Action for thugs.

They did a study decades ago, and its still true today.

To be successful in America you had to do 3 things:

1) Finish high school
2) Get a job
3) Not have kids until you were married

Doing those 3 things gave you a 98% chance of ending up in the middle class.

The Democrats have tried to replace that with 3 things:

1) collect welfare/food stamps
2) Whine about ‘the man’ keeping you down
3) vote Democrat

Totally unsurprisingly, doing those 3 things gets you a life in the ghetto with no escape.

They cropped Farrakhan out, but left Sharpton in. Why is Sharpton more respectable than Farrakhan?

That one tweeter did have a point about the tastelessness of preaching about how black women raising sons on their own can’t turn them into men, over the casket of someone who raised four sons. I don’t know how successful she was, but either way that would make her funeral not the time or place to raise the issue, important though it is.

    jakee308 in reply to Milhouse. | September 2, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Just because she fed and clothed 4 boys does not mean she raised men. Besides, if there are enough quality men in the larger family, the boys may have been taught enough.

    What usually happens is that there are no men around at all or if they’re low lifes who never learned to be men either then the chances are reduced. Not impossible but very very improbable.

    And it is a FACT that a man can’t raise a girl to be a woman and a woman can’t raise a boy to be a man.

    A quick look at nature will discover this to be a truism.

      Milhouse in reply to jakee308. | September 2, 2018 at 1:14 am

      Either way it was not the time or place. If she succeeded then saying black women can’t do it is an insult to her. If she failed then pointing out this failure at her funeral is tasteless.

        Valerie in reply to Milhouse. | September 2, 2018 at 9:27 am

        I dunno, I am divorced, and I raised three boys without their father, and I agree with the Reverend. Aretha might have, too. That may be why the family invited him to speak.

        I didn’t have divorce in mind when I married, nor did I expect gross misconduct by the father of my children.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Valerie. | September 2, 2018 at 11:53 am

          My biological father took off when I was about two, my mother remarried when I was four and my stepfather adopted me, I can testify to the values he instilled in me.
          When I was dating in the seventies, many of the young ladies did not have fathers present, and in all cases they were adversely impacted. They tended to look for father figures, married them, then outgrew the need and often ended up divorced when their relationships did not evolve to suit their needs.
          Children need both male and female role models.

Looks like Sharpton was trying to edge away from Farakhan. He’s leaning much closer to Jackson than would be if he got straight up from his chair.

Good ol Al. He’s got good political instincts. He’s still a pos.

    If sessions wasnt the POS rat that he is,sharpton would be in prison for tax evasion (what is it – 4 millon?), and he wouldnt be moving away from louie.

    But, sessions is a POS rat, so sharpton gets a hillary clinton get out of jail free card.

    Did I mention sessions is a POS rat?

This reminds me of an anecdote I heard that went something like this: A college professor was at a party, wherein one of his (married) colleagues was obviously about to step away with a female student and Do the Watusi. The professor attempted to stop the shenanigans, and the colleague got enraged and yelled, “What are you, some kind of CHENEY SUPPORTER??”, clearly linking moral behavior with the “NAZI!! FASCIST!! Rethuglican of the Day”.

Personally, I’m greatly gratified that the leftist filth in the Democrat Party, if only unconsciously, recognises that: a.) there IS morality, and b.) Democrats are the ones who largely don’t act in accordance with it.

It is easy to raise a criminal, a parasite, a user/abuser, and/or a selfish, ignorant, and egocentric child who cares only about them self, but it is very hard to raise a man. Single mothers excel in the former, but it takes a miracle worker or a caring, hard working, ethical two parent family to do the latter. Why is this so hard to understand. Why is the virtually complete failure of several generations of black men not a sufficient example to show the truth in this?

There are single mothers everywhere who are successfully raising boys to men. But I don’t see many of them doing it without some involvement of a man, whether a teacher, coach, minister or family relation.

CaliforniaJimbo | September 2, 2018 at 8:59 am

When I saw Bishop Ellis with Ariana Grande, I thought he looked familiar.

I reached this post late, Sunday 8:23am. Miss Slippers, this is one of the best postings I have read on the Professors blog. Honestly, it was superb.

As for that black pimp who was groping Ariana Grande with his long reach-around. I wouldn’t mind seeing every finger on that hand broken with a compound fracture, bones sticking out and all. Yes, what he did was gross – but then he’s in a clerical collar. Certainly no representative of Christ I’ve ever met.

AND…from what I understand, Aretha Franklin requested Rev. Jasper Williams to give the eulogy. She had a hard life growing up, so perhaps she figured the scum that would attend her funeral would need a teaspoon of truth before they left. These beasts are deaf to any voice other than their own. MANY of the black church are preaching what the Rev. Williams preached….but they just refuse to listen.

Keep up the good work, the honest writing.

JusticeDelivered | September 3, 2018 at 9:14 am

A fairly high percentage of humanity seems to be incapable of understanding ethics or morality. When one looks at early development of church and law, it seems much of what they did was lay down a framework of rules and punishments which served to provide those who lacked an innate understanding of right and wrong a framework to live within. The less intelligent people are, the more likely they are to need that framework.