Corporal punishment is the most common form of discipline in black culture. Many black families would argue that physical discipline is the most efficient method to subjugate, control, and instill obedience in children. As a matter of fact, the technique is so ingrained into black households that often times blacks will justify its’ implementation with the modern-day proverb, “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” And children that are argumentative, defiant, or disrespectful to authority in anyway are believed to substantially exemplify their lack of beatings.
In addition to corporal punishment, verbal bullying and intimidation is commonly practiced in black households for disciplinary purposes. Frustrated parents would often resort to casting insulting epithets, degradation, and intimidation to enforce subservience and obedience in their children. But what’s bewildering is that these type of parents are oblivious to the fact that they’ve completely blurred the line between discipline and abuse.
In the extremely disturbing video below, a black mother “disciplines” her daughter by verbally bullying the child while recording it, and ultimately uploaded it to Facebook for the “world to see.” The mother is indignant about her daughter’s putative poor hygiene, “smelly” hair, poor grades, and lack of cleanliness. Irrespective of the child’s obvious humiliation, the mother aims the camera into her face and ridicules her about portraying a “fake” persona on Facebook.
In an atrociously poor attempt to expose what she considers to be the “reality” of her daughter, the mother dehumanized, degraded, and completely annihilated the child’s self-confidence and worth. Convinced that she was merely disciplining her daughter, the woman failed to recognize the detrimental impact caused to the child’s self-assurance by vehemently proclaiming her to be ” an illiterate bastard,” ” nasty ass,” “funky,” “f*cked up,” “motherf*cker,” and “disgusting.” And to make matters worse, the young child must live with the fact that the world is now intimately familiar with her mother’s repugnant views of her.
When did this type of behavior become acceptable in the black community? Where does this extreme form of physical and verbal abuse stem from?
During slavery, “Punishment was most often meted in response to disobedience or perceived infractions, but sometimes abuse was carried out simply to reassert the dominance of the master or overseer.” Furthermore, “abuse of slaves was partially rooted in a patriarchal Southern culture,” treating blacks as “property or chattel.” Moreover, “Whites punished slaves publicly to set an example.”
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