Sparing the Rod and Saving Our Children

Stacey Patton provides a powerful and heartbreaking look at the link with white supremacy why it’s time to stop hitting our children — for their sake and the future of black families. Click to read this essay in its entirety. It is adapted from her forthcoming book, “Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America.”   “This is gonna hurt me more than it hurts you.” My black, middle-class adoptive mother often grumbled these words as she prepared to whup me for getting dirty, mouthing off, rolling my eyes, telling lies or any number of other childhood...

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