Reverend Jasper Williams has said that he is standing by the controversial eulogy he made at Aretha Franklin's funeral last week. Williams -- the pastor of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta, was blasted on social media for saying that black America is losing "its soul" and criticized black single moms, saying that they were incapable of raising songs alone. He described the idea of children without fathers as "abortion after birth." Some took that as a shot against Aretha, who was a single mom of four boys.

He told The Associated Press that he felt his sermon was appropriate and that his timing was right, especially after other speakers spoke on the civil rights movement and Donald Trump. He explained, "I was trying to show that the movement now is moving and should move in a different direction. … What we need to do is create respect among ourselves. Aretha is the person with that song ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ that is laid out for us and what we need to be as a race within ourselves. We need to show each other that. We need to show each other respect. That was the reason why I did it."

On his comments about single moms, he said, "Here’s the root of what I’ve been talking about: In order to change America, we must change black America’s culture," he said. "We must do it through parenting. In order for the parenting to go forth, it has to be done in the home. The home."


Williams also spoke on his controversial comments about the black lives matter movement. During the eulogy, the pastor said, "No, black lives do no matter." Afterwards, Stevie Wonder yelled, "Black Lives Matter."

Williams said, "I think Stevie Wonder did not understand what I said. I said blacks do not matter, because black lives cannot matter, will not matter, should not matter, must not matter until black people begin to respect their own lives. Then and only then will black lives matter. That’s what I said, and again, and again, and again. We need to have respect for each other. Once we start doing that, then we can begin to change."


Rev Jasper Williams Jr. speaks on the trouble in the black community:

"No one can deny that black America there is truly a need in our race as I look back in retrospect, allow my mind to take a stroll back down memory lane. There was a time that we as a race had a thriving economy. Yes, we were rewarded with integration. We got what we fought for. We got what we marched for but with a birth of integration there also came the loss of not only the black communities economy but there also came the lost of the black mans soul. Where is your soul black man? As I look in your house there are no fathers in the home no more. Where is your soul? 70% of our households are led by our precious proud fine black women. But 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. If you choose to ask me today do black lives matter? Let me answer like this. No. Black lives do not matte. 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 black lives can never matter."