Over at DED Space she has a post about Whoopi and Bill Maher going on about “whuppin” kids (to use the expression the two of them used, I guess because being cute about beating children makes it okay to beat children) on Friday night’s episode of Real Time. I saw the same episode and wasn’t as forbearing as she was —— I turned it off in disgust before I could note, as D.E.D. did, the exquisite irony of Bill Maher making this charming claim on the same show during which he was “condemning different types of violence.”
Whoopi and Bill were going on about how “kids today” just weren’t disciplined, and claiming it was a “generational” thing. Whoopi dragged out the kids screaming in the supermarket chestnut. Bill claimed black parents were raising their kids better than white parents —— I assume because black parents whup their kids more, or at least he believes they do, and because he believes that’s a really good thing.
That’s when I got too annoyed to listen to any more to it.
But I’m reminded of a column I read recently in our local paper —— can’t remember who wrote it, but it was about some show on TV (which I have never seen) about a Supernanny. Apparently this Supernanny comes in and takes over when parents have done a horrible job of raising their kids. She imposes discipline on the kids and order on the household and the parents are amazed and grateful. She does it, admitted the columnist, without spankings. The columnist actually said something like this “She doesn’t allow for spankings, which is a problem —— but that’s another column!”
In other words, this nanny took monster children and turned them into well—behaved children, and did it without laying a hand on them, and this, for our columnist, was a problem.
Why, I would like to ask.
Why is that a problem.
Wihy do we in America insist that our children must be beaten?
And what, I would like to also ask us to notice, will have to be the inevitable result?
I was at the mall a few days ago when this guy —— a full—grown man, at least forty years old —— struck an infant, a little girl who couldn’t have been more than a year old, her hard on the leg. Why? Because she was crying.
What did he think that was going to teach her?
If you're looking for the roots of violence in America, it ain't watching violent TV shows, and it ain't violent movies, and it ain't SATAN either, folks. It's having your own folks smack you around. It's having the people who are supposed to be the source of your love and security attack you on a regular basis, and tell you they're doing it because they love you.
That's why we're such a disturbed and violent nation, folks. That's it right there.
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