The television audience for Aretha Franklin’s memorial service on Friday was concerned about a bishop who appeared to take some, er, liberties with Ariana Grande’s chest, but the late singer’s family was more disturbed by what Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. had to say in his nearly hour-long eulogy. Williams may not have groped anyone, but he committed the far greater sin of breaking liberal Democrat orthodoxy and preaching against the culture of violence swallowing up young black communities.

“Black lives must not matter until black people start respecting black lives and stop killing ourselves,” Williams said in his fiery sermon.

Williams said that because there were so many homes in the black community where children were being raised without fathers, young men were not getting the upbringing and discipline they need to become productive members of society. He referred to this situation as “abortion after birth.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, Franklin’s nephew Vaughn said that the eulogy and its message “caught the entire family off guard.” He accused Williams of hijacking the platform, disrespecting single black mothers, and failing to “properly eulogize” the late singer.

In response, Williams said that much of the backlash was due to folks within the black community being unwilling to take the focus off of external realities and turn the mirror back on themselves.

“I’m sure much of the negativity is due to the fact that they don’t understand what I’m talking about,” Williams told the AP. “Anybody who thinks black America is all right as we are now is crazy. We’re not all right. It’s a lot of change that needs to occur. This change must come from within us. Nobody can give us things to eliminate where we are. We have to change from within ourselves. It is ludicrous for the church not to be involved. The church is the only viable institution we have in the African-American community. We must step up and turn our race around.”

There is perhaps room for some legitimate criticism of Williams’ speech insofar that it didn’t have much to do with Aretha Franklin, and it’s fair enough for Franklin’s family to have a problem with that.

On the other hand, you have to wonder if Williams had stood up there and said “all the right things” – all the things that get you a featured gig on MSNBC and get you highlighted as a Great Black Thinker in the pages of The Atlantic – if the family would have still been so concerned about it. Years after Bill Cosby’s infamous “poundcake” speech, there is still little tolerance for black leaders who say, “Hey, before you go blaming the cops and the schools and the MAN, take a look at yourselves.” And with the heavy emphasis on identity politics that we’ve seen over the last five years, it doesn’t seem as though that’s due to change anytime soon.