ESPN’s Jemele Hill Draws Parallels Between FAMU, Penn State
ESPN columnist Jemele Hill recently wrote a column drawing some similarities between Florida A&M University and Penn State University in their lapses of executive oversight. The crimes aren’t the same, and bring about differing levels of horror when you think about them.
The similarities? People at the highest levels of leadership knew that there were issues with hazing and child molestation for years before the news broke. And for a multitude of reasons tied to issues well below protecting people, their allowances led to tragedies.
For HBCU culture, there’s going to be a new level of oversight and executive interest in whether marching bands or campus organizations are hazing, and how deep the culture of hazing goes. Because it’s not about death or severe injury for black colleges anymore; it’s about media waiting for the next HBCU scandal to break in hopes of uncovering a deeper picture of poor administrative judgment.