I just read a story about an african-american mother physically abusing her son. The story made me angry and ashamed. I always forget if people know that I’m black. Anyway, the story says that this woman’s son posted on his Facebook page that he was going to harm himself and someone from their church called his mom to tell her. What did she do? No, I want you to really think about all of the things that she could’ve done when she heard about how he was feeling. Did you come up with some scenarios? Ok, here’s what she did: she beat him with a cable. Why? Because he wasn’t supposed to have a Facebook page.
I’m sick after reading that. Do you know what her excuse was? The same excuse my mother uses for why what she did to me was ok: because that’s how we discipline children where we come from.
That’s such bul#%hit! There is no background that gives you an excuse to abuse your kids, cultural or otherwise. I go back to my argument that it used to acceptable for men to beat their wives but now that’s not ok. This is not ok either and using race or culture as an excuse just makes us all look bad. It’s a way for a person not to take responsibility for their actions. How convenient. I bet every abuser has some excuse about why what they do isn’t wrong and it doesn’t have to be racial, it can be anything. I’m so sick of it!