Hazing as social commentary

While the legal aspects are important in this case, the social expectations are being missed. There is often a HUGE disconnect between the written law and how it applies to life in the real world. Until there is a close in that glaring gap, there CAN BE NO JUSTICE! We live in a violent and intolerant culture based on seeing and defining inadequacy based on difference. We are caught in a trap of having to PROVE our worth and right to be INCLUDED by living up to social expectations of groups in which we crave to be affiliated. Consider the danger of the long hours expected of medical interns. We know the mistakes that can happen when a person is deprived of sleep, yet we subject our trainees to unrealistic rituals to prove their worth and right to belong. I guess I dont see the difference between the hazing done to this young man and the many examples of similar expectations sanctioned and performed by other ACCEPTED professional groups in our society. This incident is social commentary of a culture self destructing by victimizing its own people.

http://gma.yahoo.com/inside-bus-during-drum-major-robert-champions-fatal-191347420–abc-news-topstories.html

Nanaymie Kasmira Godfrey MS, MAC, LMHC

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If perception is reality… then DisAbility is a function of faulty perception

When we as a culture are preoccupied in seeing what DOESNT work in people, we miss the great depth that comes from considering perspectives born out of different life experiences. Tolerance grows to become a scarce resource and normality takes on more stringent guidelines as our perspective narrows and ostracizes all that are deemed unworthy of inclusion.Taken to its furthest extreme we can even rationalize genocide!

http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/newsletter/drw-news/ashley-report-docs/Devaluing%20People%20with%20Disabilities%20final.pdf