Black Pastor: Former Fellow Rights Marcher On ‘Wrong Side Of History’

Black Pastor Former Fellow Rights Marcher On Wrong Side Of History

There was a time when the Rev. William Owens and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., stood shoulder to shoulder ideologically. During the civil rights marches that galvanized millions during the 1960s, they both stood up for the innate equality in all people.

Now, Owens believes Lewis is “on the wrong side of history.”

Last week, Lewis attacked President-elect Donald Trump as not being a “legitimate” president due to Russian influence in the election and said he would not attend Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Lewis had been one of the first to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Owens said the root of Lewis’ problem, like that of other Clinton diehards, is that Clinton lost.

“I think what they are looking at is a way to find out why Hillary Clinton was not elected,” he said on Fox Report Weekend.

“She was not elected because of what the Russians did; she was not elected because of what she said,” referring to a statement Clinton made that Americans must change their religious beliefs.

“Mr. Trump is our president,” said Owens, the leader of the Coalition of African-American Pastors.

Owens made similar remarks to the National Press Club.

“We should respect the law,” he said then. “Give Mr. Trump a chance.”

Owens said he would welcome the opportunity to transform Lewis and other black leaders from critics to comrades.

“There’s too much at stake for us to pimp the black community,” he said. “I want to have a dialog with Mr. Lewis, with Mr. Al Sharpton and with other black leaders. I’ll show you my facts; you show me yours.”

On Saturday, Owens and his group fired off a round against black leaders attacking Trump.

He said he was speaking out to “denounce racial over tones against President-elect Donald Trump and challenge other black leaders to cease pushing division among people of Color for political expediency.”

“Leadership has to be proven,” Owens said. “The current path by Democrats and some Republicans is aimed strategically to disrupt, where in the end, it’s the citizenry that will lose; we need strong leadership to move America forward.”

Owens called on Sharpton to “consider discussing the disastrous policies his office has sometimes promoted–policies that serve to entrap blacks and minorities in a cycle of dependency and require their allegiance to a party and system that does not serve their interests.”

Owens had earlier denounced the Democratic Party as being hurtful to the long-term interests of the black community.

“They have destroyed our communities, weakened our families, and doomed us to a future of dependency,” Owens explained. “What’s more, the Democrats now take our votes for granted and ignore our voices in favor of other interest groups.”

“They ask for everything—support, votes, unquestioning loyalty—and give nothing back,” he said. “If we want to reclaim our power as voters, then African-Americans need to demonstrate that we won’t allow ourselves to be used.”

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