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HBCU Digest host Jarrett Carter examines hazing on college campuses in the wake of the November 2011 killing of Robert Champion, an openly gay drum major at Florida A&M University. During the hourlong special, a caller who'd hazed freshmen as an undergrad expresses remorse for her actions–and offers up a prescription for making the entrance into fraternity and sorority life more humane. "It's imperative to begin talking about ending the hazing process completely. Because a mother and a father didn't celebrate Thanksgiving with their son, and that could've easily been me at one point or you at one point; it could've been a lot of us. Unfortunately, we think that it's not that bad until it actually is that bad," she says. "It was necssary for me to do it to prove I was worthy enough to be connected to them. I had friends who always talked about the fact that this was too much, or that we would never do such and such when it was our turn. And when it became our turn, we did the exact same thing."
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