Thursday, August 30, 2012 | 8:29 PM
RNC Report: Black Pastor Denounces Obama as a Hollywood Sellout
By Wendy Wilson
Assigned to cover both this year’s political conventions, ESSENCE News Editor Wendy L. Wilson has been on the scene at the RNC in Tampa, speaking with African Americans in attendance to find out exactly why they aren’t backing President Obama in 2012. Here, she catches up with the Rev. William Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, who explains his reasons for seeking Republicans’ support to defend “marriage between a man and a woman.” (Next week, Wilson will report from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.)
ESSENCE: Why are you attending the RNC, and what’s the message you want to send here?
REV. WILLIAM OWENS: We are here but we will also be at the Democratic National Convention next week. We want it to be known that the African American community is for marriage between a man and a woman. I’m not dealing with any other issue here because as the Black family deteriorates none of the other issues will matter. The President has gone down the wrong road. He’s in the White House because of the Blacks who gave their lives during the civil rights movement. If it wasn’t for them he wouldn’t be there, and yet he caters to less than 3 percent of the population only because they can give him that Hollywood money. He is taking the Black vote for granted.
ESSENCE: Do you think President Obama was pressured into taking a stand on gay marriage?
REV. OWENS: No, he wasn’t pressured; he was bought. Hollywood has given him millions. He didn’t know that there would be a group of Black pastors who would stand up for what’s right and not be afraid of him.