Multiple FAMU band members will be charged with the death of a fellow band member, Robert Champion, who died as a result of a deeply disturbing hazing ritual. Without saying, Champion’s is tragic!
Actually, it is awful reminder that some humans are hell-bent on acquiring acceptance which is another indication of the pervasive insecurity that lingers in the souls of countless men and women…grown men and women! Additionally, his death supports my belief that people have a sick need to inflict physical and emotional pain out of a sadistic desire to demean others; and to gain some strange level of pleasure from the brutality.
Sadly, this callousness causes long-term psychological distress that challenges the therapeutic efforts of trained men/women who hear the tragic tales of man’s need to debase the greatest gift of all, LIFE.
There is so much personalized pain associated with this case: the parents, the young man's final gasp for breath, the guilt that will be with those who sat quietly watching a self-sanctioned beat down...
Regretfully and without irresponsibly blaming the deceased, Robert Champion gave his bully harassers, deranged overseers and fanatical beaters permission to viciously beat him (as if he was an out of control slave needing to be punished).
The Drum Majoring Champion decisively opened himself up to be killed…he entered the sickening realm of self-psychological mutilation...like the young woman I witnessed degrade herself by allowing seven men have sex with her to gain entrance in a sorority – and to be among the popular Calvin Klein culture:
The Champion wanted to be accepted and he wanted to be declared a man who
'Crossed the Fires'. A misguided purification that resulted in his death, not responsibility.
The only way there will be an honest consensus of accurate responsibility is when we, this disturbing culture of humans, conclude with honesty:
Robert Champion was responsible for his demise…
The consequence was a death sentence…all because he wanted to be among The Approved.
The five band members facing prison time are 'examples' that the state wants to utilize in their zealous attempt to send a message that they hope will gain approval from the citizens of Florida.
Inconsequently, the district attorney’s message will be a continuation of Hazing...even in prison they will face the same:
Beat downs that are perquisites to be among The Accepted