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New Black Panther leader says BISD superintendent must go
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
The leader of the New Black Panther Party is back home tonight in Houston, after a visit to Beaumont that left some people shaking their heads, not in opposition but agreement.
Quanell X often holds news conferences in which he verbally attacks whites.
Wednesday, he called for the replacement of the Beaumont school superintendent, who is black and board members, four of whom are African American..
Heads bowed and with thanks, the new Black Panther leader, Quanell X stood in front of the BISD administration building to send a message.
"I want to start by saying one, I cannot deny or pretend like there are not some serious problems in Beaumont ISD," X said during the press conference.
Problems the leader says begin with the men and women who sit on the board of trustees.
"Brothers and sister we have to do a better job about who we elect," X said.
He supports new leaders coming in but wants to make one thing clear.
"I don't want to see those who don't look like those of us who are the majority in this district come in from the outside," X says.
He considers himself a leader for the black community, but says he understands some in that community can have faults.
"It hurts me to say that because we have fought so hard to put black people in positions of leadership but when you take that position, you can't think about yourself," X said.
One woman at the conference was upset because the leader was calling black people and white people separately not all as one group.
"He speaks black and white sometimes like I do and that can be divisive, but I think overall his message was the people who've done wrong need to go," BISD trustee Mike Neil said.
Quanell X stood at the administration building, publicly asking Dr. Chargois to step down, a statement some community members were surprised to hear.
"To have someone like Quanell X who is usually so vocal in taking up for the African American person, it was very refreshing to have him say what he said," Neil says.
"I would say to the brother, think of the children first and foremost, think of the damage, the criminal activity and the wrong that took place under your leadership," X says thinking about what he would say to the superintendent.
A call for this man to give up his job, no matter the color of his skin.
"Brother we love you, but you've got to step down man and do the right thing for the sake of these children," X said.