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2 FAMU Kappas convicted for Hazing

Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Debbie Giangrosso, left, tries to pull a handcuffed Michael Morton away from kissing his fiancee as he and Jason Harris, center, are being led to the Leon County Jail after being found guilty of hazing.This post pains me, mainly because I am a member of a black Greek letter organization founded before 1913, and I understand, while disagreeing, with the hazing culture which it fosters. But, with two of the Kappas getting convicted under
Florida’s new hazing statute, the stakes seem to be higher than normal to haze guys.

I have already commented on my blog before about how stupid I think hazing is. I have standing to say it because I was hazed and am a member of one of these organizations. For those who disagree, I ask, were we founded for the purpose of going to jail for hazing? Were we founded to look more like gangs than non profit organizations for the purpose of service? Are the guys how are going to jail any more “real” for their acts. Truthfully, they are paper, because where they are going they have no credibility. They are not thugs. They were college men attempting to get a good education at a respected HBCU. They are not ready for their possible maximum 5 year sentence.

And, the parents are unsure if they are suing the fraternity civilly. This is sad and should serve as a wake up call, because no black Greek organization can survive a major civil suit for the hazing the majority of us inflict. Just think, to be sure your pledges get the respect; you may be the sole cause for bankrupting and ending your organization. Is that what you want? I doubt that’s what the founders wanted.

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December 21, 2006 - Posted by | African American, Black men, college, court, FAMU, Gangs, hazing, HBCU, Kappa, Kappa Alpha Psi, university

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  2. This story saddens me deeply…But despite the cries of racism toward these convicted men, they were at fault. In Florida especially there is a strict no-hazing policy and these young men knew that. Now,these men are felons and will not be able to practice pharmacy or engineering after years of hard work in college. But as a community where does it end? Greek letters cost these man there degrees, and for Marcus Harris it seems as if it almost cost him his life. When are we going to learn, both defendant and plantiff lost in this case.

    Comment by JR | February 1, 2007 | Reply

  3. I just have one question. Did the founders haze each other? Did they say, “before we start this, we need to make sure we are all good. So, let us beat on each other for a semester to a year to make sure I can trust you.” Remember most of the organizations were founder in or before 1913. Thus, many of the founders had parents and grandparents who were slaves (which ended in 1863). Being so close to the brutalities of slavery, do you think the founders of our organizations meant to create a group in which blacks would inflict pain on each other.

    Comment by FAMU 2007 freshman | June 25, 2007 | Reply

  4. One thing I must say, I was hazed and am not saying I am proud but that I understand why I was hazed. This is an extraordinary situation, brothers need to keep this in perspective. Yes I am for hazing but I am not for hurting people to this point. Do you honestly think that brothers would be so close of every organization if they were not hazed? I think not. As sad as it sounds it causes closer bonds and even if we look to other countries of the world young boys are sent out into the woods to go through the most ridiculous of hardships to be accepted as a man. That could be considered hazing also. I’m not by any means saying that it is right I am just saying that it may need to be done to prevent just any Tom Dick and Harry from joining what we hold so close as black greeks. There must be a time for physically and mentally testing a pledge but there also must be a time when you stop and do what they are mainly there for LEARNING. Sorry I know many people won’t agree with me but there are many forms of skating and if it was so easy to join we wouldn’t be where we are today.

    Comment by A Brother | July 24, 2007 | Reply

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    Comment by cqkgjytmwg | November 26, 2007 | Reply

  6. You are an idiot to think that hazing creates a legitimate brotherly love. What it creates is a sense of fear that your “brother” will someday tell all, so you have to keep him close…you know…keep your friends close and your enemies closer….duh. A hazer is a criminal who is miserable…and you know what they say about mysery….

    Those Kappas knew better. But they had to uphold the whole Hazerhood…Now they are going where they can get some “real” hazing love…

    How did you get overlooked? don’t worry, your day is coming.

    Comment by pv72 | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  7. Unadulterated words, some true words dude. You made my day!

    Comment by DeeliaAppenue | December 12, 2009 | Reply


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