Warning: this is a rant. It contains language that is not for the faint of heart.
A reader who prefers to be anonymous asked for my comment on this issue (I suppose s/he is a law student because I am referred to as “sir” and perhaps s/he would prefer not to be identified for fear of reprisal). This is my comment on this issue.
The only way I know how to describe grown men beating each other up in private or public is as a criminal act. As a criminal law professor, a lawyer, a reasonably rational person, this act is, shorn of any euphemism or candy coating, attempted or frustrated murder or, depending on the fortune of the victim, serious physical injuries. In extreme cases, it is MURDER (with pre-meditation, treachery and abuse of superior strength). Ask any first year law student (especially those who have been in my classes) and they will tell you that there is no other way to describe it. So, pardon my French, but let’s cut the crap: Beating other people up in the name of a fraternity is simply lawlessness; plainly and simply, it is STUPIDITY! Beating other people up in the name of a fraternity with hoods is not only lawlessness: it is COWARDICE (if you are “brave” enough to beat someone up, at least be brave enough to show yourself)!
For frat men from the law school who read this blog: GROW UP! If you think beating other people up in the name of brotherhood makes you a man, then you are utterly and totally misinformed: a real man knows when he is strong and retaliating or initiating violence does not make you a man. I have absolutely no respect for a “man” who would retaliate or initiate violence against any person and I never will. My friends know me to be a stubborn and opinionated person and I am stubborn and opinionated on this: I WILL NEVER HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR YOU FOR SO LONG AS YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO BE A REAL MAN! And, as far as you’re concerned, you have the burden of proof to show me that you are entitled to ANY RESPECT.
“But I’ve never participated in any violence,” you protest. HAVE YOU SAID SO IN PUBLIC? HAVE YOU TOLD YOUR “BRODS”? HAVE YOU RENOUNCED YOUR TIES TO THESE VIOLENT ORGANIZATIONS? If you have not, then you are every bit as guilty as those who have lifted a hand, brought down a fist, picked up a bat, fired a gun. EVERY BIT AS GUILTY!
You feel judged? Tough. Tell that to the many innocent victims of the fraternity system’s stupidity. I’m unfair? Tough. Tell that to the parents of Lenny Villa, Dennis Icasiano, Marlon Villanueve and all the other nameless, faceless, unknown victims of hazing, initations rites, and rumbles.
So, for my frat men friends, students, readers: you want to be a REAL MAN? QUIT YOUR FRATERNITIES NOW, MAKE THAT PUBLIC AND MAKE PUBLIC WHY—BECAUSE THE CULTURE OF VIOLENCE THE FRATERNITY SYSTEM PERPETRATES IS SICKENING, IS DEBASING, IS STUPID AND IS BARBARIC!
You want to be a real man? Buy a copy of the best-selling book of ALL TIME, flip to any of the four versions of the Gospel and look up the life of a real man. You want to be real man? Don’t look to Manny Pacquiao or any of your fraternity leaders or “brods”, you simply have to turn to the one who is beside you for all eternity—even if you don’t acknowledge Him—our brother: Jesus Christ. It’s not too late: do it now.