Florida A&M University (FAMU) has just filed a legal pleading that exemplifies the moral bankruptcy and the shirking of accountability by elites that has become emblematic of the last ten years.
I've heard many an excuse for hazing. It builds character. It creates unbreakable bonds and "memories" you all will laugh about for the rest of your life. I don't think it's all that funny. In fact, the entire premise leaves me pretty sick.
Was Champion's death a hazing act that went wrong, or is there something more? What is not being readily discussed in this hazing death is why, in his case, the beating he received was severe enough to kill him.
Robert Champion, Jr.'s murder may never be solved. Those who struck the fatal blows may never disclose whether they used the guise of hazing and accidental homicide to cover up an intended hate crime.
If King were alive today, he would question whether HBCUs are equipped to serve LGBT students who are victims of anti-gay harassment or domestic violence. He would rally young people and administrators to take action before we lose another black life.
It is time to end this bizarre practice that assumes judges who are competent to decide whether a man lives or dies for his crimes are incompetent to decide whether a school administrator crossed a line in a strip-search.
There are only two paths for Dr. James Ammons to handle the scandal that surrounds his beloved alma mater, Florida A&M University. He can ban the band for a minimum of four years, bringing a quick and reasonable start to the effort to end hazing within the band's ranks. Or he can resign.