Here I thought that Gangs started in prison, the streets and other places of harsh realities. Who would’ve thought that sending your kid to a University may get him beaten, branded and raped (allegedly)!?
I have never understood fraternities, while in the business world and life their members may tout all the wonderful things they do in society, the kids in the University system paint a very different picture. When I was in school all I saw of Fraternities was a collective of guys throwing signs, stomping around, barking and being drunkenly obnoxious. The Sororities weren’t much different as more than a few women that “crossed the line” turned into completely different creatures after donning the mantle. It’s obviously a form of tribal fellowship that isn’t meant to be understood by us outsiders. I get that, which is why I have always reserved judgment on their practices, it’s their thing.
On another site a brave individual did an article on the parallel between Gangs and Fraternities and it turned into an angry mob within the comments as members of Frats came in to defend their honor. The explanations of Frat activity was in the tune of community service, a big brother system and self esteem. People like me who have dealt with them externally tried to keep them honest with flashbacks of the buffoonry and assholery we were subjected to from their chapters within college. There seems to be a serious disconnect between College frat boy and Professional frat boy. Something leads me to believe its just short memory.
Recently the University of South Florida became another in the long line of Universities to be embarrassed by Fraternity hazing rituals. Interestingly enough, the organization (Omega Psi Phi) a black Fraternity, took it outside of campus to allow non USF Omega’s to assist in this abortion. The school has suspended the Fraternity but it is a mere Band-Aid to an issue that has been going on too long – Hazing.
They did it to me so I’m gonna do it too!
Let’s be honest here, there is no real reason for Hazing outside of “it was done to me so I have to do it to someone else”. Humiliating someone is one thing, it can be looked back on and laughed at with your new “brothers”, but when you’re forcing objects up someone’s ass, damn near raping them with a paddle or beating them down gang style then how is that creating a brother out of an individual? Sounds to me like that’s making someone into your prison bitch. Is this the type of thing that parents look forward to when they rush their children off to college?
To this, the only gripe I had with the article which compared these people to Gangs was the fact that gangs actually allow you to fight back (gasp the thought!) Yes, you are beat into a gang but holding out earns you respect, shit even the military hazing allows you to fight back without penalty. How is bending over and “taking it” (for up to four months) while some dude beats you to an inch within your life comparative to a gang “beat in” or “sex in” (some women get into gangs via this method)? It doesn’t compare, Frat boys aren’t Gangsters.
USF’s Omega Psi Phi – A microcosm of a larger issue?
“A lot of African-American fraternities have an issue with physical hazing” – Lawrence Ross Jr.
These guys brand their future members, beat the shit out of them and all for what? The freshman groupie sex, alcohol and perks later on in life from people with the same brand and scars? I’m sorry but somehow I can’t get behind it, it just seems like punk behavior for a garbage excuse. If you want a ride-or-die clique, earn one the old fashioned way or join a gang. If you go to a College and find yourself sore in the booty, swollen and branded like a slave cow – barking then you only have yourself to blame in this light. Hazing isn’t cool people, cut it out.
I don’t mean this as a slight to people who organize out of tradition and influence, but for those who aim to hurt others under the protection of a Greek letter and his/her fellow cowards with a faux Gang mentality. Do better people.See some words or phrases that you don't understand? Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.