Indictments have been handed down in the hazing death of a Florida A & M band member. This incident goes beyond the extreme reported in a north suburban Chicago high school hazing from a decade ago. I am aghast that the participants including the victims, in these (or any) initiations find these behaviors acceptable.
Although we consider ourselves an evolved society we are not far removed from activity like the above hazings being the norm. Within the last hundred years:
- We have denied the vote and other rights based on race in the USA.
- Japan has decided leadership based on lineage.
- Europeans were murdered en mass on the basis of religion.
- Women are guaranteed the right to vote via the 19th Amendment in the USA.
Think for yourself.
It's the singular path to a better tomorrow.