Dr. Stacey Patton joined us to discuss her new book, Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America.

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  1. I understand the physical abuse that has taken place within the context of white supremacy and powerlessness. This is abuse is disconnected from discipline, and should be dealt with as a crime. Since I have not read the book I wonder what Dr. Patton has to says about discipline in Ancient KMT. The Book of Pahebhor (or Phebhor), a Kemetic sage, dated by some to the 1st century BCE says: ”The God of wisdom has place the stick on earth in order to teach the fool by means of it. But He have the wise a sense of shame in order to avoid all punishment. Thus, a youth who has respect through shame is not rejected with punishment.” They built a civilization that stood for 3,000 years on such ideas. See Selections from The Husia by Maulana Karenga. Our socialization process has been under acute attack, beginning with the disintegration of our families. Dysfunctional family and personal relationships have resulted in the abuse of children, who become the target of adult anger, that we can hardly call parental. Until we can rebuild our families–the fundamental power unit in any community–based on harmonious relationships, this abuse is going to continue. Without strong Black families there is no Black power, Black peace, Black prosperity.


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