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Black Greek Hazing Tied to Leadership Behavior

Phi Beta Sigma

Huffington Post – July 19, 2012

Spurred by the senseless hazing death of Robert Champion at Florida A&M University in November 2011, U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member) proposed legislation, on May 31, 2012, to end hazing on college campuses. During a press conference at the National Press Club, she and college-based organization leaders launched their national publicity campaign aimed at black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs), themed “Let’s not beat the life out of a beautiful legacy.” Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity — supported by other black fraternities and sororities as well as Reverend Al Sharpton’s (Phi Beta Sigma member) National Action Network — plans to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to supplement free media spots, with ESPN agreeing to broadcast public service announcements on its radio network in major markets.

Jonathan Mason, Phi Beta Sigma’s First Vice President, proclaimed that “[t]his is the beginning of the end of a culture of hazing, while moving to a culture of service.” Mr. Mason’s pronouncement is premature unless BGLOs have the fortitude, integrity and perspicacity to address the complex factors which undergird and propel violent hazing.

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