HOUSTON A group of African American leaders is organizing a community meeting to hear from people who feel they ve been victimized by activist Quanell X.
The move comes in the wake of an I-Team investigation into complaints from people who said they paid Quanell X for help, but got little in return.
These allegations have caused great, and when I say great, I mean great concern in our community, said activist Deric Muhammad Monday at the S.H.A.P.E Community Center in Houston s Third Ward.
Muhammad said it hurt him to see KHOU 11 News reports of people feeling taken advantage of, especially when they re the elderly.
I got conned, said Gertrude Sardinea in the report.
I m sorry, he never helped me, added Mary Wheeler.
He took all of us and used us, said Sharon Alexander.
Muhammad and others publicly frowned on Quanell X s practice of charging the very people he purports to help.
I ve never personally, nor anyone in our organization, when approached about injustice, said, We will help you, but it s going to cost you X-Y-Z, said Krystal Muhammad, Chairperson of the Houston Black Panther Party.
She said her organization is separate from the similar-sounding New Black Panther Nation, of which Quanell X is a leader.
The group called for any alleged victims of Quanell X to come forward and air their concerns at an upcoming community meeting a community court of sorts.
We plan to convene a council, to deal with each allegation case by case, said Deric Muhammad.
So we can get to the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so we can resolve it, we can take care of those who ve been victims, said S.H.A.P.E Community Center founder Deloyd Parker.
They said the goal is not to throw stones at Quanell X or to fan the flames. Rather, they said the aim is to take care of their own, who feel when it comes to injustice, they ve been dealt a double blow.
First and foremost, this is about our people, this is about people who are hurting, said Deric Muhammad.
The community activists said they ve invited Quanell X himself, who during their press conference was just a few blocks away giving away holiday turkeys to the needy. It was part of an outreach ministry in the city s Third Ward.
When contacted by the I-Team to see if he ll attend, Quanell X said, I have no comment at this time.
The community meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. The S.H.A.P.E Community Center is located at 3903 Almeda.