Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My View on the Morehouse College Rape Allegation


As you may know, four Morehouse College athlete students' were charged with rape of a Spelman student, which allegedly happened on campus. Morehouse College released a statement:
In March, there were two alleged assault incidents involving Morehouse students.
After the information was brought to the attention of campus police, the suspectswere identified and arrested.

While we cannot speak to specifics of these cases, our policies and procedures call for disciplinary actions against students who violate our code of conduct and the law, up to and including dismissal from the College.

Morehouse has a zero tolerance policy related to violence of any kind.  Violence is the very antithesis of the Morehouse ethos and the values of a Morehouse Man.
Morehouse College police are working with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and will continue to do so until these cases are resolved.

The college has also been in the news recently for replacing the baccalaureate speaker, an alum pastor from Philly, who criticized President Obama for not having enough black people in his cabinet. President Obama is the commencement speaker in May.

These are unique times at Morehouse; trying to define a classic image in a new era. This includes the type of students being admitted. I have said that admissions should tighten up requirements for students entering the college...even at the athletic level. There was an allegation of a Spelman student being raped a few years ago, however that case was refuted for not being true and never made the press. The allegations overall are a concern, as Morehouse students may need some sort of teaching on not only respecting each other, but also  respecting women and the consequences of engaging in illicit acts.

This may be the biggest case to come across Morehouse since the Greg Love incident in 2003. Mr. Love was attacked by a baseball bat for allegedly trying to look at another male student in the dorm showers. I met Greg a few times, most recently a couple of years ago in New York and he seems to be doing well. These cases go to show that sexuality both homo and hetero needs to continually be addressed from the administration level on down to the student peer group level. We live in a " highly sexualized society" so it only makes sense to educate and have dialogue with students about this.



 

4 comments:

Will said...

This is proof that the same social issues affecting the heterosexual community affect the homosexual community too. We all are brothers and sisters and we need to be aware of the respect we show one another. You’re right that teaching good values and virtues is a big part of it. People also need to learn and aware of who they allow themselves to get close to. I have an acquaintance who is attracted to people that are rough and hardcore and rugged, and sometimes he has been physically abused by them. One of the dudes even spent time in prison for assaulting someone. I know that even nice and sweet guys can have a mean streak, but if you always seek out “bad boys” who have a short fuse, sooner or later its going to bite you.

Anonymous said...

Why have the Morehouse College rae allegations elicited the same response as the phony rape allegations made against the Duke Lacrosse players?

Keith Jones said...

Anonymous, I think you meant to say why hasn't the Morehouse rape allegations elicited the same response as the one made against the Duke lacrosse players?

I can only assume because Morehouse is not considered a top tier school such as Duke? Of course the local media in Atlanta covered it. As the cases are still awaiting trial it may come up in the mainstream media when that happens.

Will said...

Tawana Brawley fake rape allegations elicited the same outrage too. We don't see cases get the same media coverage.