Dependence on welfare and celebrating Kwanzaa are "anti-God," according to an author who visited the Charlie Langton show Friday morning to outline where he believes religion and liberalism have failed black people. Stacy Swimp, a spokesman for black conservative group Project 21, has a basic premise that says church communities — like the large ones in Detroit — are ruining black culture by embracing liberalism. He also believes any religion that embraces liberalism is hypocritical, Swimp said. He specifically takes aim at Kwanzaa, the African American-themed celebration of Christmas. The celebration is based on seven principles, including unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Swimp believes it's a liberal ruse.
"Black liberals who are professing to embrace these so-called principles are actually deceiving themselves, because liberalism is a direct affront to each of the principles taught in the Kwanzaa celebration," Swimp wrote. "I would, quite honestly, be very excited if liberals where to actually put into practice these principles which they so superficially celebrate."
Swimp added that "no conservative" celebrates Kwanzaa, which he describes as an anti-God, anti-American celebration meant to distract black people from the true meaning of Christmas. Swimp believes a lot of black people who celebrate Kwanzaa and hypocrites because they don't follow the principles of traditional Christian religion, although they do go to church.
"Concern for the poor is a good thing," Bullock said, adding, "To equate concern for the poor with slavery … If conservatives were in control, then Lincoln would not have emancipated African Americans, we would still be in slavery." Swimp said, "You don't enable people you care about (with welfare)."
As the talk got more heated — and broad — caller Leroy in Detroit weighed in, saying, "Black people are now in worse condition than we were when we came out of slavery, employment, disease — we're behind in everything, and we weren't like that before. Look at Detroit Public Schools, where kids graduate who can't even read."
Several noted that 97 percent of people who voted in the last election in Detroit voted for Barack Obama for president. "Detroit is one of the poorest urban communities in this country … It is the most economically deprived community in the nation and most of the leaders in this city are liberal Democrats … They want to blame conservatives for their own self-destruction," Swimp said.