Just some food for thought. I am not against the father in principle, but let's be fair. Belt whippings ARE NOT A GUARANTEE for a successful adult. While some kids need a good a** whipping, some of this society's worst offenders were WELL SPANKED and whipped as a child. You have to take the temperment of the child in question.
MY cousin was whipped REGULARLY......And I do mean regularly. Case in point. A six he got whippings for acting out in school. At seven he caught a *** whipping for crying when he fell off his bike. At nine, his dad (my uncle) caught him with a gun. He ran away before his father could kick his *** but two days later his dad whipped him so hard his *** had bruises and cuts on it. At 14, he got into a fight at the pool and when Dad came, he pulled down his bathing suit and whipped him in front of EVERYBODY!!! You name it: bad grades, late for curfew (even if five minutes), dirty language, whatever......You guessed it. He got a *** whipping. And anybody could witness it
Two weeks ago, he was sentenced to ten years for home invasion. He has been a drug for eleven years. Seven of those years have been crack. His life is broken and he has six children but isn't a real part of their lives......
Look at Michael Jackson. Was he sexually abused as a child? I doubt it. We all know how Joe Jackson was infamous with his love of the belt and switch and as talented a musician he was, let's face it: The man was a mess.
I called CPS on a woman who beat her son practically DAILY!!! The belt was swung almost every single DAY for something. It was to the point he didn't even cry from the whippings. He was groaned through it. No tears. And he was only three when I called.
I am not against corporal punishment. I am for ANY positive discipline. But some African-Americans have the idea that a belt on bare a** is all we need to cure the ills of our youth. But history proves again and again that is not ALWAYS the case.
I remember at fifteen my teacher called home and let a message that I was playing on the computer. She wasn't computer illiterate and didn't realize I was reading articles on the computer. It's not like I was playing Tetris or something. But my parents were patient and asked for my side in the matter. And My mother called the teacher and we got on the same page. But there are parents out there who would have whipped me first and ask questions later because the teacher called.
Just my two cents.....