The Gantt Report – Haze-icide IS STILL MURDER

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When I was in college, I was a founding member of the Zeta Theta chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. I love my line brothers to this very day and I’m eternally thankful for them.

I thanked them for stopping me from killing my “big brothers” from Morehouse College’s Psi chapter that hit and paddled me whenever they wanted to.

I also thank God that my children never joined a fraternity, sorority or marching band that would inflict bodily harm on fellow students and friends that they pretended to like as brothers and sisters.

I can imagine how the parents of Robert Champion felt when they heard that the students that killed their son would only be charged with a hazing crime.

Pam & Robert Champion

I would be furious! I would want justice and I probably would seek to get justice for my child by any means necessary!

I don’t care what the law enforcers and state attorneys call it but haze-icide is still murder!

You can be hazed to death, shot, stabbed, hung, electrocuted, impaled, poisoned, decapitated, water boarded, drowned or stressed to death. Either way, you are still dead and the people that caused your death are murderers.

Some of my friends and neighbors in Tallahassee try to rationalize and say Robert Champion volunteered to be hazed by “crossing bus C”. I don’t think that anyone seeking to join a student group volunteers to give up his or her lives.

It’s not too far of a stretch to suggest that the people that beat Robert Champion to death volunteered to murder the young man if you think the volunteer argument is logical.

No disrespect to the residents of the Sunshine State but when I decided to work here and to attend graduate school here, the first think my mother told me was to “stay out of jail” because the Florida judicial system was internationally known as being unfair and somewhat backwards.

You can tell something was wrong with the charges being brought against the people that killed Mr. Champion because Florida state attorneys always over-charge Black defendants in criminal cases. Afterwards, baby mamas beg prosecutors to release their children on probation and subsequently, probation is violated and the young people spend more time on paper or in jail than they ever would have.

When law enforcers take five months to figure out how to under-charge Black defendants in any case, just like in the O.J. Simpson case, something “is wrong” (sic)!

One thing “wrong” or wrong, it seems, with this case is that charges are being considered in a political sense. If you throw the book at FAMU and FAMU students, it would be wrong to some people. And if you let them get away with murder, you’ll anger other people.

Robert Champion

Could it be politically expedient for law enforcers that made the decision to charge participants in the Champion murder with felony hazing merely because they didn’t want to upset Black voters. I hope not.

I hope the family of Robert Champion can get some peace one day because today is not that day.

Reports say the family thinks the Marching 100 should be disbanded until all forms of hazing is discredited and abandoned at Florida A&M University.

But I think the Rattler band should hit the field at halftime of the first FAMU football game. However, it should be the Baby Rattlers band from the FAMU Developmental Research School!

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About The Author

Lucius B. Gantt is founder and President of All World Consultants. His expertise is in media and communications. A graduate of Georgia State University’s School of Journalism, the Washington Journalism Center and also the Florida State University Graduate School, Gantt worked as a professional at WSB-TV, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and the Associated Press in Atlanta, National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., The Associated Press, Sports Desk, in New York City and WFSU-FM, WFSU-TV and the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida’s capital city before starting All World Consultants in 1980.

As a lobbyist, Gantt has represented The Florida Medical Association, The Florida League of Hospitals, Bell South Mobility, Cellular Division, Hialeah Park (racetrack) Inc., The Florida Consortium of Urban Leagues, The Florida State Branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Minuteman Fireworks, and The United Minority Contractors. He currently provides government regulation services for Winsonic Digital Media Network , and media consulting services for “Commodore” Thomas “Mr. Brickhouse” McClary, (www.thomasmcclary.com), The Video Access Alliance, The Florida African American Education Alliance Contemporary Fine Artist Purvis Young, Hip Hop Illustrator/Blogger, Lance Scurvin (www.LanceScurv.com), Author Dr. James Scruggs, and Aliyah Najm, mother of recording star “T-Pain”.

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