Moderated by Rick Badie
Hazing isn’t new, but last year’s hazing death of Florida A&M University’s drum major Robert Champion has thrust the ritual into the national spotlight. Today, the president of a local FAMU alumni chapter denounces the practice and seeks support for his storied but embattled alma mater; and a psychologist explains society’s role in trying to combat a behavior that she says over the past 15 years has grown more frequent, violent and sexual in nature.
Time for FAMU to heal
By James McLemore
Let me begin by sharing my heartfelt sorrow for the family of Robert Champion.
What happened last November is nothing less than a tragedy.
The practice of hazing must stop. It has no place in today’s society.
Young adults should recognize this. Everyone needs to realize that past practices must now stay in the past.
Too much danger and liability can affect the lives of many these days.
For more than 25 years, I have been affiliated with the FAMU community as