In regards to all of the Quanell X and New Black Panther Party I would like to point a few things out. I am sure that very few people did their homework on the issues that Quanell X and the New BPP are trying to put across, I am not even sure that Quanell himself even knows what he is fighting for, other than to blow off that huge chip on his shoulder. It should be made clear that the New Black Panther Party has nothing to do with the original Black Panther Party! The Dr. Huey P Newton Foundation (a Foundation organized by the original Black Panthers) made a public statement that is printed on their website stating:”As guardian of the true history of the Black Panther Party, the Foundation, which includes former leading members of the Party, denounces the group’s exploitation of the Party’s name and history. Failing to find its own legitimacy in the black community, this band would graft the Party’s name upon itself, which we condemn.” The Foundation members made it clear that the people of the New BPP were never members of the original Party, that the New BPP is bogus, and that instead “they would steal the names and pretend to walk in the footsteps of the Party’s true heroes, such as Black Panther founder Huey P. Newton, George Jackson…and so many others who gave their very lives to the black liberation struggle under the Party’s banner.”Quanell X, and many black students at SHSU, made the comment: “I don’t understand how you can bring other speakers to this campus who have nothing to offer this university. Those people are only allowed to come and speak because white people approve them to come here.” If that was the REAL case, how on earth did he get the opportunity to come and speak on campus?? I think that it was quite a brave move that was made in order for Quanell X to come and speak, knowing what it is that he represents. The New BPP has had a history of speakers who promoted nothing BUT violence, such as Khalid Muhammad. In an article on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) website Muhammad is said to ‘blame slavery and even the Holocaust on the “hooked-nose, bagel-eating, lox-eating, perpetrating-a-fraud, so-called Jew.” In the same article, he is reported to have called his enemies “white devil crackers,” “bloodsucking Jews” and “faggots” (I don’t know if that is printable). What good could come from such hate mongering? What would be the point? I don’t think that any of the school’s decisions as to who comes to speak on the campus has anything to do with the color of the person’s skin. The only thing important is what the speaker is saying. I would like to end this article with a question quoted from the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation’s letter again “Are they [New Black Panther Party] entertainers, who would posture themselves before the media, and, according to numerous sources, with empty guns, to spin gold for themselves? Are they, given the history of their late-leader Khalid Muhammad, a group of anti-Semites like the very Ku Klux Klan they allegedly oppose? What is their agenda?” An impression was made upon me by the agenda proposed by Quanell X’s speech, but all I was able to get from his talk was his feelings of rage. In regards to a statement mentioned in the letter titled “X-tra credit or real interest” that pondered: “I don’t understand how someone can compare the New Black Panther Party to the KKK.” In response, I would like to give my guess as to the reasons for the comparison: Just looking at the former leader of the New BPP, Khalid Muhammad, you see bigotry and fanaticism in its truest form. The KKK is condemned for these views, but the New BPP should be praised? They are one in the same; they both are anti-Semitic, racist, bigots…how much more similar could they be?