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The Consequences of Hazing

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By Miguel Lloyd

This week on #LFCRadio we will talk about the Consequences of Hazing. FAMU is in the midst of a tragedy for the family of Robert Champion, The Marching 100 Band and Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity. But beyond the issues that they are dealing with in Tallahassee, it has a ripple effect throughout the world of Black social organizations.

Hazing is one of the realities, whether completely real or slightly embellished, that is a big part of the history of black college life and beyond. Whether it be some of the obvious physical pledging techniques like “taking wood” and “branding”,  or some of the other techniques that may be unique and ritualistic to each individual organization, there are many forms of voluntary abuse that has been compared to injustices suffered by our ancestors during slavery. This in itself, is one of the reasons that many chose to bypass that part of their college experience or even pursue the organization as alumni.

Well after many years of hazing, it is becoming more and more emphasized as a ritual of black greek life that is “frowned” upon. Is it because there has been an epiphany realized by many in greek life that it was simply abuse, instead of a bonding experience? Is it because the legal repercussions have become to costly? The answer is probably “yes” to both.

We will dig into this subject with some members of the black greek community and the legal community. Our guests will include Leon Jones, Jr. ESQ. Leon, is a 20 year member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the legal counsel for the Middle Western Province and the Polemarch-Elect for the Fayetteville (AR) Alumni Chapter of the fraternity.

We will also have Rhonda Peoples-Waters (member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,) a practicing attorney in the Jacksonville, FL. area. We are looking for her to give us insight on the possible legal ramifications of the Champion case and others like it. Join us and tell your Divine Nine friends to tune in and chime in!

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

Are Civil Rights and Greek Organizations still relevant?

by Miguel Lloyd

Its 2011 and depending on who you ask, minorities and poor people are in the worse shape they have been for over 100 years.
Unemployment is over 15% for minorities, wages are not comparable across the races or genders, and the rich have become the super rich, gladly leaving the rest of the world behind. Right now, it as much a state of class warfare as it is still an issue of racism.

Well if we rewind about 60 years their were civil rights organiztions all over the south fighting for the rights of black people. Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, National Urban League, National Council of Negro Women, Alphas, Omegas, AKAs and of course the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are just a few of the organizations that were instrumental in fighting for the rights that many Americans enjoy today. Civil rights advocates are doing less marching and more tweeting to get their message out. They are lobbying for more jobs in major media to fight for the rights of their constituents. But is it effective? What are the roles of todays minority civic and social organizations? Are they really still working to improve the lives of the people who need them most, or are they just glorified social clubs that do little to serve the communities from which they were born. Are todays civil rights and greek organizations still relevant?

Join us this week and every week for this conversation.

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