HOUSTON — Eyebrows raised and rumors started to swirl this week after a well-known Houston activist, whose comments are often considered controversial, appeared to throw his endorsement behind a presidential candidate whose words often spark a firestorm of controversy.
In a recent political faceoff with AM 740 KTRH NewsRadio show host Matt Patrick, New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X spoke out against Democrats, which led some to believe he was getting on the Donald Trump bandwagon.
But not so fast, the community activist told CW39 NewsFix that thought is preposterous.
“Saying that Quanell X is voting for Donald Trump could not be further from the truth as Satan is from God. There’s no way I’d vote for Donald Trump when, at his heart, he cares nothing for black people,” Quanell said. “He [Trump] has affiliations with white supremacy groups. How the hell could I support that man?”
So how did the miscommunication begin?
Riots recently broke out in Milwaukee after the police shooting of Sylville Smith — a black man — and during one of Trump’s campaign stops, the GOP candidate spoke about the issue. Trump said electing him to office would be better for African Americans overall, but the wording of his message was deemed offensive to some.
Quanell X addressed the matter in a televised discussion with Patrick.
“We may not like the vessel that said what he said, but I ask us to truly examine what he said because it is a fact that for 54 years we have been voting for the Democratic party like no other race in America, and they have not given us the same loyalty and love that we have given them,” Quanell said. “We as black people have to re-examine the relationship where we are being pimped like prostitutes, and they [Democrats] are the big pimps; pimping us politically, promising us everything and we get nothing in return. We got to step back as black people and look at all the parties and vote our best interest….I want to say to black and white people, only a fool fights in a burning house, this house is on fire.”
He then threw a few “political slugs” at the president.
“Barack Obama, our president, served two terms. The first black president ever, but did our condition get better? Did financially, politically, academically- with education in our community — did things get better? Are our young people working more than when he came into office? The condition got worse,” Quanell said.
CW 39 NewsFix caught up with Quanell on Friday, and asked him to clear up his statements. Who is he supporting?
“I don’t support Trump and I don’t support Hillary Clinton,” he said. “We can not pretend like all Democrats love black people; that’s a lie. We as black people have to grow up and say ‘Wait a minute, we’re only going to support the politician that supports us.”
The minister shared a message with the community.
“Dear brothers and sisters, regardless if it’s Trump or Hillary Clinton that becomes presdient, neither one of them is going to do anything significant or real relevant to change the condition of the black community,” he said. “We’ve got to come up with a better option to both, or just stay home.”