ALBANY, N.Y. -- "We don't distinguish between black and white when we're feeding children when we're doing our program. And for Mr. Bryan to say that is really a racist statement that he's throwing out there," said Victory Christian Church Pastor Charlie Muller.
Pastor Charlie Muller responded to statements NAACP Albany branch president Bernard Bryan made at a Thursday morning news conference. It was a meeting The Center for Law and Justice hosted to grade Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff.
But Bryan turned the focus instead to another active community leader, Albany County DA David Soares, saying, "He's basically turned his back on his own community. It's like a bad Tarzan movie. He's got to go to Pastor Charlie to do the introduction."
Pastor Charlie defended himself and Soares, who declined comment.
"We just feel this is an unjust statement that was thrown out there by Mr. Bryan. He's never been at one of the city events that we hold and to just put statements out there like that without being at an event or without seeing the work that we do, I just think on his part is ignorance," said Pastor Charlie Muller.
Byran by phone, stood by his claims and asserted, "They aren't all that radical."
Pastor Charlie said all this negative energy should be channeled to help the kids.
"It doesn't bring a city together. It doesn't bring a community together. It just divides. I said something one time, that God does not see color and I corrected that statement by saying God does see color because he created color. Color is beautiful," said Pastor Charlie Muller.