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Aretha Franklin the family have said they found the closing eulogy at his funeral, to be offensive and in bad taste.
Rev. Jasper Williams Jr said black America was losing its “soul” and described children raised without a father as “abortion after birth”.
“He has spoken for 50 minutes, and I did not have it properly eulogise her,” said Vaughn Franklin, the singer’s nephew, speaking on behalf of the family.
She added that her aunt has chosen the pastor to speak at his funeral.
Instead, the family selected Williams because he had spoken to another family, and monuments, including the funeral of Franklin, father, minister and civil rights activist CL Franklin.
“We believe that the right Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr used this platform to push his negative order of the day, as a family, we do not agree with” the family said.
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The parish priest of fire, old-school, sermon, received a mixed response in the church on Friday. Some of the congregation could be heard whispering: “Talk about Aretha!”, but others gave the speech a standing ovation.
Many have heard his comments about single-parent families have been offensive, especially as Franklin raised four children alone.
Others were incensed with his statement that: “Black lives must not matter until black people start respecting black life and stop killing ourselves.”
Stevie Wonder, who played immediately after Rev. Williams’ praise, seemed to respond to these comments, saying: “We need to make love again large because black life doesn’t matter. Because all lives are important.”
The pastor has not backed down from anything, he said at the funeral, and he said that he respects the family’s opinion.
“I understand,” he said. “I’m sorry. But I’m sorry that you feel this way.”
Responding to criticism of his eulogy during the end of the week, he said that some of his comments had been misunderstood.
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“I’m sure that a lot of the negativity is due to the fact that they don’t understand what I’m talking about,” he said.
“Anyone who thinks that black America is all right as we are now is crazy. We are not all right. It’s a lot of changes that occur. This change must come from within us.
“It is absurd, for the church, not to be involved. The church is the only institution that we have in the African-American community. We need to step up and turn our race.”
Vaughn Franklin said that the speech had “captured all the family guard”, as they had not discussed the content of the praise in advance.
“It was very, very bad taste,” he said. It was unfortunate, he added, because all the other speakers and artists had been respectful.
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