(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Alpha Phi Alpha, a Fraternity in Crisis
Members of the University of Pittsburgh chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., photographed in 1918.
I can only wonder what these gentlemen would think about the current state of their organization. Earlier this month, Alpha Phi Alpha General President Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr. suspended the intake of new members for all chapters, citing “the failure of some [...] members to behave honorably and with care.”
Mason’s actions come on the heels of the most recent hazing incident, in which Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity member Bryson Trumaine Amey (age 21) was arrested and charged with aggravated battery in connection with a hazing incident that took place in late November, at Fort Valley State University. The incident resulted in the hospitalization of fraternity pledge Brian Tukes (age 19) who was suffering from acute renal failure, the apparent victim of a severe beating at the chapter’s fraternity house.
I applaud the actions of the Alpha Phi Alpha National President. This oldest of all the African American Greek letter organizations has a proud and distinguished history, and Alpha Phi Alpha continues to play an important role in the education of African American men. The persistent problem of hazing, though, is a shameful mark on the reputation and legacy of this otherwise admirable group. Life-threatening violence does more to rend the bonds of brotherhood than it does to build and strengthen them, and until the entire membership of Alpha Phi Alpha can understand and internalize this key idea, then the pledge process must necessarily be suspended, lest another young man suffer injury or even death at the hands of his would-be brothers.
To read more about Alpha Phi Alpha’s current freeze on membership, follow THIS LINK.
Posted by Ajuan Mance