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Opposing views of corporal punishment

Here are two takes on the same subject corporal punishment. The first I received in an email,
the second was written by me several months ago.

OLD BLACK MOTHERS   (something else most young black folks can't relate to, but is surely needed in a lot of circumstanses)

  There used to be a time when black children were the  best behaved children in the world, now look at them, hip hopping and gang banging and bling-blinging, and who's your baby's daddying, themselves straight into trouble.

  1. Have you ever been called downstairs from upstairs or the back of the house, or from the front of the house to get the remote, change the channel, or fix her a glass of ice water?

  2. Have you ever been hit with an extension cord, a switch, or the nearest shoe?

  3. Have you ever had to pick your own switch off the tree and she sent you back because the one you picked was too little?

  4. Have you ever been burned on your ear with a straightening comb?

  5. Have you ever been hit in the head or knuckles with a comb or hairbrush?

  6. Have you ever been told to "Shut Up or I'll give you something to cry about while she beats you with a belt - pronouncing every > syllable---"Did-n't---I---tell----you---not---to-do > ---!---That---no---more?!"

  7. Your ponytails or plaits were so tight, you got those little bumps around you scalp.

  8. The white people in the school office (principal,secretary, etc) were afraid of her.

  9. You were scared to go home when you had a bad report card.

  10. Alcohol, peroxide, cocoa butter, and Vaseline were the main items in the bathroom cabinet.

  11. You were never "on punishment" - just got whoopins right out of the shower.

  12. Have you ever been pinched for going to sleep in church?

  13. She made you participate in every church activity (choir, Jr. UsherBoard, Easter play, Christmas play,etc.)

  14. Has she ever come inside and picked you up from school dance in hair rollers and her gown or pajamas on under her coat?

  15. When you ask her for something, her response is .... "You got a job?"

  16. Have you ever been beaten for something your brother or sister did just because you were around?

  17. She vacuums everyday just so the carpet can have lines in it.

  18. Have you ever been told to turn off the TV, get off the phone, or sit down and be quiet when it's storming outside because the Lord was doing his work?

  19. Friends, family, and friends of the family try to keep you out of trouble because they know your mother and how she is.

  20. You were afraid to call the child abuse hotline. 21. She has to talk to God..."Lord, please don't let me hurt this child!!" before she gives you a whipping. If you can relate to any of these things, then pass this on to all your friends and see if they can relate to it. "KNOWING THAT THEY HAD A BEAUTIFUL BLACK MOTHER, WHO > DIDN'T TAKE NO MESS WHEN THEY WERE GROWING UP!" GOD BLESS OUR BEAUTIFUL BLACK MOTHERS AND > GRANDMOTHERS!

    Axe's Repine

    My childhood still pains me Like I’m sitting on a dull knife Blade down blunt end up the crack of my ass

    My grandfather’s belt striking out at me

    Like rattlesnake kisses

    This brutality is in the name of love It’s for my benefit that it lashes out at me

    God knows he can’t let me turnout like my father

    Hiss..slap its tongue licks out tasting my skinny legs

    Stand there don’t you run from me

    The one-armed man cries I dance around in a circle as if an invisible hand holds me in check

    I twist and turn daring not to get out of his reach

    The arm recoils as the belt slices through the air

    Bigger than both of my legs the arm arcs high

    Belt following obediently, it knows it cant resist Mid arc, the arm relents but the belt its goal in sight Goes on to do its bidding

    Spastic dancer

    Out of time with the beat

    The one-armed man is chanting Didn’t I Tell You Before That It Aint Right To Hit On Someone Smaller Than You

    How did you learn to dance?


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aguante MORTICIAN a plenoooooooooo!!!!!!!!
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