After the recent comments made by Representative John Lewis regarding President-elect Trump, Reverend William Owens expressed the concerns he and other black leaders have been saying, “Respect the law. Give Mr. Trump a chance.”
In an interview with Fox News, Owens discussed a meeting held by the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), to formally “denounce racial overtones against President-elect Donald Trump and challenge other black leaders to cease pushing division among people of Color for political expediency.”
“Look at our conditions today. Look at education, look at our young people, look at our prisons. Why?” 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.”
He went on to explain that the newly elected president must be given the opportunity to prove himself without intentional interruptions from members of his own government.
“There is too much at stake to pimp the community,” Owens said.
The CAAP’s president reached out to Reverend Al Sharpton to “have dialogue” about the “critical issues related to the future of the African American community.”
Owens stated that he would like 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.”
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