College fraternities have all but shown that they are unable to clean up their act, leaving banning them as the best option to limit the number of drinking deaths and sexual assaults, infers Frank Bruni of The New York Times. In the past two weeks, two students have died from excessive drinking during hazing rituals. Fraternities and the drinking and partying culture that they encourage see disproportionate amounts of sexual assault and excessive drinking. They spread murky views of consent in men that cause abuses among many harmful lifestyles. The best path forward would be to ban them outright.
Banning fraternities is a reductive way of dealing with issues that are widespread in all areas of American society, holds Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Time. Excessive drinking, sexual harassment, racism and other habits associated with fraternities will not disappear after banning them. We need to get to the root of the larger issue. The best step to take is to regulate them, to educate members and limit destructive behavior. Society needs to take a look at the harmful sides of masculinity and the culture that perpetuates abuse. Banning or driving fraternities off campus will only move this problem. We need to address it holistically.