- Information Minister of New Black Panther Party
- Former member of Nation of Islam
Quanell X is a former member of Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam (NOI) and is now the Information Minister of the ferociously anti-Semitic, anti-American New Black Panther Party.
Born Quanell Ralph Evans in Los Angeles on December 7, 1970, he was the son of a schoolteacher and a small-business owner, both members of NOI. When Quanell's father decided to bring home a second wife (NOI's then-leader Wallace Deen Muhammad approved of polygamy), Quanell's mother moved with her young son to a blighted neighborhood in Houston, where the boy soon became immersed in the tough life of the streets. Local pimps were among his favored role models there.
When Quanell was arrested for peddling drugs in 1989, he complained that the criminal-justice system was singling out black men for harassment. After a short stint in jail, he one day attended a speech by Louis Farrakhan. This proved to be a life-altering experience for Quanell, who thereafter viewed Farrakhan as his role model and mentor. Farrakhan taught him about the evils of white people in general, and of Jews in particular. From Farrakhan, he learned that a cabal of Jewish bankers have secretly controlled the world for centuries, "causing friction between people so that wars would erupt so that loans must be made to fight them so that Jews would lead wealthier, happier lives."
Quanell X rose to be NOI’s national youth minister during the 1990s, at which time he escalated his hateful rhetoric against police, Jews, and whites in general. He made a name for himself as a speaker, rapper, and writer. Criticizing "gangsta" rappers for propagating violence among blacks, he sought to redirect their anger toward whites, Jews and police officers.
Quanell X drew national attention when he was quoted thusly in the Chicago Tribune on October 17, 1995: "I say to Jewish America: Get ready … knuckle up, put your boots on, because we're ready and the war is going down"; "The real deal is this: Black youth do not want a relationship with the Jewish community or the mainstream white community or the foot shuffling, head-bowing, knee bobbing black community"; "All you Jews can go straight to hell."
Soon thereafter, Quanell's popularity with NOI began to fade. The group had recently gone through a period of unfavorable media attention as a result of some anti-Semitic comments by Louis Farrakhan. Consequently, NOI sought to minimize the roles of their more crude and controversial spokesmen.
No longer feeling welcome in the Nation of Islam, Quanell announced that he would be leaving NOI to establish Mental Freedom Obtains Independence (MFOI), which he described as "a paramilitary organization for young African-American males formed to combat police brutality and other manifestations of white oppression." Members of MFOI carried video cameras and tried to find or provoke incidents of police brutality that could be filmed and publicized. "We will deal with police corruption in the streets by any means necessary," said Quanell X. "An eye for an eye, a life for a life. … I say to those corrupt police officers, I hope you are as willing to die as you are willing to kill."
When MFOI failed to sustain significant momentum in either the public eye or the media, Quanell X moved on to other undertakings. Following the path of Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who also had been recently ousted from NOI because of his racist and anti-Semitic public statements, Quanell became one of Muhammad's top lieutenants in the New Black Panthers. Said Quanell X, "Brother Khalid told me never forget the struggle, never compromise and always remember the white man is not a devil, he is the devil." Quanell X still leads the New Black Panthers in Houston and has regained the support of NOI's local chapter there.
On March 30, 2004, Quanell X initiated a confrontation with Houston mayor Bill White, taking the podium at a Houston City Council meeting and demanding that White put a Reparations (for slavery) study on the Council's agenda -- something White had previously refused to do. Eventually White had to call police to remove Quanell from the Council chambers.
In June 2004, Quanell X was arrested for evading police while transporting Derrick Forney, who was suspected of having shot Houston police officer Matthew Richard while the officer attempted to serve Forney with a warrant. Quanell characterized his arrest as a typical example of “lying, corrupt officers” harassing a black man.
When Quanell's trial commenced in November 2004, his backers formed a "Coalition for Justice" to support him, packing the courtroom every day. Ultimately, on November 15, Quanell X was exonerated on the charge of evading arrest but was convicted of fleeing a police officer. At Houston's New Black Panther Party office, Quanell told his followers and the press, "When the common whites see in the system what our people have experienced for over 400 years, this country will be destroyed not from without but from within."