Members of an African-American church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama showed up at a Hank Williams Jr. concert on Saturday to speak out about his racially offensive lyrics and his comments about President Barack Obama.
“It was a peaceful protest,” Christ Baptist Church’s Reverend Ransey O’Daniel told Raw Story. “We just wanted to stand up for unity. I don’t dislike Mr. Williams. I just dislike some of his lyrics that he has produced.”
One Williams song that many consider to have racially divisive lyrics is “If The South Would Have Won.”
“I’d make my supreme court down in Texas And we wouldn’t have no killers getting off free / If they were proven guilty then they would swing quickly /Instead of writin’ books and smilin’ on TV,” Williams sings.
“We’d put Florida on the right track, ’cause we’d take Miami back,” the song adds.
“That’s the one that I just really didn’t like,” O’Daniel said. “But on the flip side of that, I love the Monday Night Football song, ‘Are you ready for some football?’”
“And the statement he made about our president [was] just very unpatriotic,” the reverend added. “You know, America, this is the greatest country in the world. That just really strikes me that for another citizen talking about the president of the United States like that — comparing the president of the United States to Hitler. To me, that’s dividing the country. You know, we don’t need another Civil War.”
ESPN announced last October that the network had permanently severed ties with Hank Williams Jr. after he publicly compared Obama to Adolph Hitler.
Bocephus had told the hosts of Fox & Friends that Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was ‘like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.’
He also describe the president and Vice President Joe Biden as “the enemy.”
O’Daniel explained to Raw Story that while there were no confrontations during their demonstration at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Saturday, it was clear that many of the concert goers didn’t appreciate their message.
“About 3,000 fans, they were rolling their eyes. There were some stares and some of the them made some movements, like, ‘What in the ‘F’ you all doing?’ … Nobody didn’t say anything to us but they did have some hard stares,” he said. “There were some people who were playing Hank Williams Jr. songs and once we had our signs, they blasted that. They turned the volume up. Some were saying, ‘Yeah, yeah. That’s right. That’s right.’ But we didn’t pay any attention. We just kept on singing our gospel Christian songs.”
For over a year, O’Daniel has been speaking out for racial reconciliation in videos produced for his YouTube channel.
“Just trying to bring people together,” O’Daniel insisted. “That’s all we want to do. … Truth be told, there’s a lot of tension between blacks and whites, blacks and blacks and, I assume, whites and whites. So, that’s my purpose in life, just to bring people together.”
Watch the video below from WIAT, broadcast on April 8, 2012.