Punishment or Child Abuse?

Powerful essay by Michael Eric Dyson in the NYT this morning, on the subject of black people (like Adrian Peterson) who beat their children on the pretext of disciplining them. 

"While 70 percent of Americans approve of corporal punishment, black Americans have a distinct history with the subject. Beating children has been a depressingly familiar habit in black families since our arrival in the New World. As the black psychiatrists William H. Grier and Price M. Cobbs wrote in “Black Rage,” their 1968 examination of psychological black life: “Beating in child-rearing actually has its psychological roots in slavery and even yet black parents will feel that, just as they have suffered beatings as children, so it is right that their children be so treated.”

The lash of the plantation overseer fell heavily on children to whip them into fear of white authority. Terror in the field often gave way to parents beating black children in the shack, or at times in the presence of the slave owner in forced cooperation to break a rebellious child’s spirit. Black parents beat their children to keep them from misbehaving in the eyes of whites who had the power to send black youth to their deaths for the slightest offense. Today, many black parents fear that a loose tongue or flash of temper could get their child killed by a trigger-happy cop. They would rather beat their offspring than bury them.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism
fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

On Sept. 9, 1971, the Attica Prison riot (Rebellion) began. 
As Howard Zinn explains in A People’s History of the United States: “The most direct effect of the George Jackson murder was the rebellion at Attica prison — a rebellion that came from long, deep grievances… . 54% of the inmates were black; 100% of the guards were white. Prisoners spent 14 to 16 hours a day in their cells, their mail was read, their reading material restricted, their visits from families conducted through a mesh screen, their medical care disgraceful, their parole system inequitable, racism everywhere.” 
Here are links to two primers on Attica and films for teaching outside the textbook about Attica: http://bit.ly/NiOWd6 
Image of Elliot L.D. Barkley by Katy Groves from the free, downloadable “Attica Uprising 101: A Short Primer” produced by Project NIA, see here: http://bit.ly/1qbKgt9
Via Zinn Education Project

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

On Sept. 9, 1971, the Attica Prison riot (Rebellion) began.

As Howard Zinn explains in A People’s History of the United States: “The most direct effect of the George Jackson murder was the rebellion at Attica prison — a rebellion that came from long, deep grievances… . 54% of the inmates were black; 100% of the guards were white. Prisoners spent 14 to 16 hours a day in their cells, their mail was read, their reading material restricted, their visits from families conducted through a mesh screen, their medical care disgraceful, their parole system inequitable, racism everywhere.”

Here are links to two primers on Attica and films for teaching outside the textbook about Attica: http://bit.ly/NiOWd6 

Image of Elliot L.D. Barkley by Katy Groves from the free, downloadable “Attica Uprising 101: A Short Primer” produced by Project NIA, see here: http://bit.ly/1qbKgt9

Via Zinn Education Project

turningpointsinwomenshistory
Love this shot. She’s like “Let’s pick up the pace, boys. I’ve got a power lunch, then a speech at the Rotary Club, and you know I can’t miss my three o clock nap.”
turningpointsinwomenshistory:

Birthday wishes are in order for Ruby Bridges. She was the first African American child to attend an all white school in the South. Parents of the other students pulled their kids from school and teachers refused to instruct while Ruby attended. At the age of six, Bridges bravely faced mobs of angry protesters who shouted insults and threatened her life. Her example demonstrates that anyone, of any age is capable of showing great courage and inspiring great change. Thanks to Ms. Magazine for the info

Love this shot. She’s like “Let’s pick up the pace, boys. I’ve got a power lunch, then a speech at the Rotary Club, and you know I can’t miss my three o clock nap.”

turningpointsinwomenshistory:

Birthday wishes are in order for Ruby Bridges. She was the first African American child to attend an all white school in the South. Parents of the other students pulled their kids from school and teachers refused to instruct while Ruby attended. At the age of six, Bridges bravely faced mobs of angry protesters who shouted insults and threatened her life. Her example demonstrates that anyone, of any age is capable of showing great courage and inspiring great change. Thanks to Ms. Magazine for the info

  • The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data.
  • The United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.
  • The black-white income gap is roughly 40 percent greater today than it was in 1967.

Read the rest: "When Whites Just Don’t Get It" by Nicholas Kristof