Nov 30, 2011

During a discussion about the hazing related death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, Tom Joyner made a statement about band faternity Kappa Kappa Psi that has some people calling for the boycott of the Fly Jock's morning show. During his comments, Tom said, and I paraphrase, that the simple fact of a student having a brand that said KKPsi represented hazing.

Never once did I hear him say that KKPsi was to blame for the death of Robert Champion, but rather he stated his opinion as to his definition of hazing. Now I maybe wrong, but I swear I listened to the audio several times and I still didn't hear him say that KKPsi was to blame.

I realize some people are upset because through his statements he implied that KKPsi was not a real fraternity, but I honestly don't think that was the point he was trying to make. I think he was trying to focus on the hazing aspect and because the death of Robert involved the band it was easy for him to bring up the faternity associated with the band. He could have easily brought up his own faternity, Omega Psi Phi, when it came to issues involving branding, but the topic was related to the band and thus it was KKPsi that he chose to focus on.

Now let me state for the record that I've never pledged a sorority. I was so stressed out from majoring in chemical engineering that I didn't have time for anything else. That's not to say that I didn't want to pledge; my major just didn't allow for much extracurricular activities especially if I wanted to graduate on time. I realize that people have immense love for their respective organizations, but I also think we need to take a breath and truly examine why the culture of hazing is so prevalent around some of these organizations, and trust me this is not just a black issue, but rather a human issue because hazing is taking place across all racial barriers. Something needs to happen. Robert Champion's parents should not had to bury their son today.

Now with that being said, I guess I am one of those people in the minority on this one because I didn't see anything wrong with what Tom said. People are free to boycott his show if they so wish but I honestly don't understand the point.

Oh and for the record (just in case you didn't know) I am a PROUD, Proud Alumnus of Florida A&M University. So don't get it twisted. I love my school and the Marching 100, but I also have love for Robert Champion and his family.


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