Hazing…Bigger Issue Than We Thought

On today’s Powertalk w/ Lorraine Jacques White, we addressed hazing and the FAMU scandal. Our special guests were Kesha, a former HBCU band member, and Walter Woods, spokesman for Dekalb Couty Public Schools.

 Take a listen to these riveting conversations, as Kesha gets ugly, and Mr. Woods states the facts:

Walter Woods

Kesha Says It All

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  • Sarah

    This caller Keisha is full of herself because as a veteran of the military, I was never hazed, as a member of a sorority I was not hazed so for this female who is on this call and condoning this type of behavior she is part of the damn problem and I totally agree with Mario..Are we still on plantations and need to be beat to do things? If you lay hands on me, It will be a fist coming back at you, that simple..We’re about to put all these HBCU’s put of business with deadly, foolish, immature behavior, them where are you going to go to school since white institutions are also getting reading to head back into the pre civil rights era and kick all blacks and browns off their campuses??? I don’t care what white schools are doing that is their business, we need to be concern with what we’re doing, what we have and try and preserve it..

  • The Black Falcon

    As a society, we must come to the realization that we cannot save people from making poor choices. Robert Champion was a 26-year-old man, who made a conscious decision to allow himself to be beaten so that he could remain a part of the FAMU band. He was not drugged or intoxicated. He was not kidnapped by strangers and then assaulted. He was not assaulted in his sleep. Mr. Champion made a conscious decision to run from one end of a charter bus to the other while his band members beat him. Wrong or right, this was a decision that a 26 year old man made. We are not talking about an 8 year old being bullied in the bathroom. Mr. Champion was nearly 30 years old.

    I agree that this is a sad and tragic event, but at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own safety. It saddens me that so many people are willing to endure emotional and physical suffering just to be a part of an organization. To me, this is the bigger issue, why are seemingly intelligent people willing to be beat and tortured just to belong to a band, sorority or fraternity? Filing law suits won’t solve the problem. Firing the president of the college won’t solve the problem. More laws certainly won’t solve the problem. The problem will only have some type of resolution when we stop looking for the quick fix and come to the realization that some people have a need to belong. And, for whatever reason, they are willing to subject themselves to physical and emotion humiliation to be a part of “X” organization. That is just the way it is.

    This hazing crisis will be solved one student at a time. When students begin to say, “Hold up..I am not going to be beaten or humiliated for anybody or any organization.” Then (if enough students follow suit) these organizations will either change their practices or wither away from a lack of membership.

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