lucius_gantt_1.jpgI pledged Omega Psi Phi in college and if there is anyone in the world who knows about hazing, that person may just be a Que.

But I don‘t care what fraternal organization you’re in, what band you’re in or what social, civic or athletic group you are in, you should never raise your hand to try to hurt a woman.

Beating a woman doesn’t make you tough. Hitting a woman doesn’t make you bad. And injuring any female surely doesn’t make you more of a man.

Any man who takes pride in beating a woman is not only a fool, a punk and a coward; if you are a black man who beats young girls who desire to play in a school band, you’re not only all of the above, you’re a traitor to your race.

Girls have mothers and many girls will grow up to become mothers. If you don’t know, no one loves you like your mother, no one stands up for you like your big sister and no one helps you out more than your grandmother, your female neighbors and your female friends who truly care about you.

I never shy away from a fight. I’m not afraid to hit and punch. However, I don’t fight my friends, my classmates, my frat brothers or my extended family members. If college men want to fight, holler at me. I know some people who need to get a beating every day.

But don’t hit people in any stupid organization initiation. If you want to fight, fight the evil, wicked, devilish beast.

If you want to punch, punch for equal rights and justice. Fight for fairness. Fight for equality.

College guys these days had better beware. In some cultures and in some religions, the penalty for hurting or killing a beloved woman is death.

I practice such a religion and if grown men beat my daughter so bad that she had broken bones, those men would rather face a hundred policemen than face me. Without going into graphic details, the gas chamber or electric chair would be a far less cruel form of the death penalty for women beaters.

Now, I live in a town where “hazing” has constantly been in the news. But as long as I’ve lived where I live, I have never heard about any school in my city that embraces student fighters. The students whom I see every day wouldn’t bust a grape if they were mad at the grapevine. Conduct all of the investigations you want to but you will never find a case where single students win tough man contests.

Many of today’s students are brave when there is a group of them, they fight only when it’s a gang fight and they punch only people who won’t punch back.

Sounds like what Ku Klux Klan mobs used to do, doesn’t it?

One day, some of these misguided male students who enjoy hitting women will run up on a sister who will strike back or a sister with a father or a loved one who will strike back for her.

Self defense is always acceptable but in no other case should a woman be physically assaulted.

Real African-American men should make that point clear to everybody.

Lucius Gantt is a consultant based in Tallahassee and author of the book  Beast Too: Dead Man Writing. He may be reached at

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