Observing the horrifying behavior of a 13 year old callously taking the life of a man she didn’t know in a carjacking gone wrong, songbird wonders if a little early life corporal intervention could have kept her off the homicidal path she ended up going down:
Would those two black girls have killed that Uber Eats driver in DC, if they attended an all girls school where nuns used the yardstick to dole out punishment?
Blacks are more supportive of physically disciplining children than members of other races are:
This doesn’t necessarily tell us anything about the particular tragedy in Washington DC last month, of course.
One problem with the idea some children are so unruly or sociopathic that physical punishment is necessary is the presumption that administering it leads to a better outcome than not doing so does. The anecdotes are invariably along the lines of “he did all these horrible things and nothing else worked so he got a whooping”. But did the whooping work? Was it the thing that finally altered the bad behavior?
The fear of violence will get compliance in the moment, little else. If what would in any other relationship be deemed battery is taken off the table, a wider range of alternative approaches present themselves. If violence is perceived to be a legitimate option, there’s a risk it becomes the default response because it’s the easiest one.
GSS variables used: SPANKING(1-2)(3-4), RACECEN1(1)(2)(3)(4-10), RELIG(1-2,4-13)(3), HISPANIC(1)(2-50)