In Steven Stephen’s Facebook video, he gives shout out to Omega Psi Phi, and now they’ve responded. However, it’s really not what you’d expect, given the situation.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA — People claim to be part of “Greek life” all the time. Likewise, they join different fraternities and sororities for various reasons. Among those reasons, for some, is a need to “belong.”
According to Stephen’s manifesto video, he mentioned being exhausted with always having to prove himself to people and having no one to turn to regarding life.
So, it’s very possible those were a few reasons he joined Omega Psi Phi.
This says Cleveland Facebook killer is Omega Psi Phi. I wonder if thats why he said he's going to target Greeks 😱
— Life by Me (@LifebyMe2) April 17, 2017
We’ve Been Awaiting Response…
Of course while this incident isn’t Omega Psi Phi’s fault and had nothing to do with the organization specifically, it was only a matter of time before the fraternity would need to say something concerning its member’s homicidal episode.
However, after reading the official statement, this response seemed more “scripted” than “brotherly.”
Not only is it generic, but it leaves an almost-irresponsible impression.
Honestly, this looks more like a plug for the fraternity than an empathetic and selfless statement about the shooting.
Official Statement from The 40th Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated On The Recent Shooting in Cleveland, Ohio
“On behalf of the Supreme Council and the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, we lift our sincere and heartfelt prayers and condolences of comfort to the families impacted by the recent shooting in Cleveland, Ohio. Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus stated, ‘On this Resurrection Sunday, we know that God is still sovereign and we will continue to lean on Him for strength, courage and direction.'”
The post continues.
“Since its humble beginnings on the Howard University campus, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity continues to be on the front line, leveraging its power, influence and more than 100 years of commitment to the uplift of our people and our communities. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college.”
This Is No Time for a Promotional
As much as the fraternity does in community service, why not offer some type of service toward Mr. Robert Godwin’s family? A fundraiser. Funeral expense contribution.
Heck…send some flowers. Something other than information on the fraternity’s foundation and origin.
Sure, yes. Steven Stephens is doing irreparable damage to the fraternity’s namesake right now. We get that.
However, maybe Omega Psi Phi should’ve chosen another post on which to “save face,” rather than on the one supposedly offering condolences.
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