For Release: April 2, 2013
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Black Leader Calls on Congressional Black Caucus to Disband
Wants Lawmakers to”Represent All of the American People”
Washington, D.C. – In a just-released video, Michigan activist Stacy Swimp of the Project 21 black leadership network is calling upon the Congressional Black Caucus to disband.
Swimp says lawmakers have a constitutional obligation to promote legislation that benefits all Americans and not just particular races, classes or other demographic groups.
“Does America really need a black agenda? Do black Americans need a black agenda? Or do black Americans need an American agenda that works for all of us?” asks Project 21’s Swimp in the video. “America needs an agenda that fits all of us — as parents, as fathers, as wives, as husbands, as sons and daughters. I’m tired of the division from the Congressional Black Caucus.”
Swimp’s video can be found on YouTube here:
Congressional Black Caucus membership have recently introduced their own alternative budget proposal, largely opposed the “No Budget No Pay” bill linking congressional performance on fiscal issues to being paid and only “reluctantly” supported the bill that averted potential fiscal cliff economic chaos. High-profile members of the CBC have made headlines for divisive rhetorical vitriol, such as Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) saying that “[t]he Tea Party [movement] can go straight to Hell” and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) calling herself a “freed slave” during the sequester debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Explaining the need for unity, and how a radical affinity group such as the Congressional Black Caucus impedes such unity, Swimp adds in the video: “I’m calling on the Congressional Black Caucus to understand that we, as the United States of America, must move forward. No more division. No more hyphenation. No more games trying to divide us along class lines [and] racial lines. I’m calling on the Congressional Black Caucus today to disband itself — to do what you were sworn in to do, which is to represent all of the American people.”
Stacy Swimp, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network and president of the Frederick Douglass Society, is also the chairman and national liaison for the Diversity Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Michigan. He is a frequent public speaker on civil rights and the promotion of right-to-work policies.
A video posted earlier this year of Swimp defending gun rights at a Washington, D.C. press conference went viral, earning over 400,000 views on multiple web sites.
In 2013 alone, for Project 21, Swimp has been interviewed or cited by the news media over 70 times.