I recently heard a newscast where psychologists and other so-called experts went on record as saying that spankings make children violent and can be responsible for violent behavior later in their adult years.  Ultimately, they concluded that children should never be spanked.

I must admit that those experts and their associated statements made me very, very angry.  Why you might ask?

Generations of Blacks (men, women and children of all ages) experienced whippings/beatings/battering and other abuse during slavery at the hands of White slave masters!  Even years afterwards, with the formation of terrorist groups like the Klan and the actions of various Night Riders (to say nothing of the legally sanctioned actions of various police agencies and forces), Black people from cradle to grave were beaten, brutalized and subjected to emotional and psychological trauma for well over a century.  Throughout all this time, where were the psychological analyses from the so-called experts of that time, or even today, stating that enslaving Black people and subsequently beating them viciously well into their advanced years would result in them becoming hostile, with possible violent implications for future generations?

Post-slavery, Blacks adopted many of the same violent practices that they learned and experienced first-hand during slavery when raising their own children, both due to their own traumatic experiences and as a defense mechanism.  Fear for their children’s very lives prompted many Black parents to beat their children incessantly so that they would not be killed by Whites who perceived them as not knowing their place in society.

Again, where were/are the psychological analyses affirming that Blacks experiencing extreme violence and trauma during and after slavery might negatively affect every area of Black life in present and future generations?

I mean, there have been plenty of studies and questionable reports regarding violence in the Black community and/or depicting blacks as somehow more prone to violence than other races of people as an inherent result of their blackness.  Yet, not one psychological analysis attributes any part of this violent behavior to the known violence experienced by Blacks during and post slavery.

Where are the multi-paged psychological reports that explain in horrific detail that slavery and the vestiges thereof cannot be ignored as a causative factor of violence within the black community?

How can this be?  If psychologists can attribute violence in adults to spankings as children then why not attribute the brutal beatings during slavery as a factor in Blacks being violent afterwards?

Is my conclusion really so farfetched?

These same so-called experts want parents to be responsible for creating violent children (and later adults) by spanking them, but don’t assign this same level of blame and responsibility to white America for damaging and creating violent Black children that later become violent Black adults!

Either spankings cause violence in children—all children regardless of race—resulting in violent adults or they don’t. You simply can’t have it as a rule for one group or one demographic and not the other that is…unless, of course, we’re dealing with unequal standards or some form of associated, culturally spread schizophrenia?

But that’s another blog for another day!

Can anybody hear me?

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