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NPHC Releases Statement On Hazing In Response To ‘Burning Sands’ Movie

The National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) Council of Presidents (CoP) released a statement on hazing in response to Netflix’s Burning Sands Wednesday, wherein they spoke out against hazing, as well as their elimination of pledging in 1990.

“NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited conduct,” the statement reads.

The NPHC and its nine member organizations also stated they stand against all forms, support, and encouragement of hazing.

“Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support, or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote hazing.”

The NPHC’s full statement reads:

“NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist.

In 1990, the NPHC organizations issued a joint statement announcing the elimination of pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization, a revised membership development, and intake process.

Each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct whether it is displayed through movies, books, or any type of social media.

NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited conduct. Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support, or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote hazing.”

Netflix’s newest movie Burning Sands delves into HBCU fraternities, and how pledges are treated in today’s society.

Tommy G. Meade Jr.

Tommy G. Meade Jr.

Tommy G. Meade Jr. is the Editor-in-Chief of HBCU Buzz. He is a Central State University alum and is a proud member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Meade formerly was a Staff Writer for HBCU Buzz. In 2012, he was selected by Luke Lawal Jr. to lead HBCU Buzz.