The Plantation Politics Behind Corporal Punishment

Because the world wants pliable Black children, not powerful ones.

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Growing up, my parents were huge proponents of corporal punishment. In their parenting prime, they were the quintessential authoritarian pair; zero explanations, unlimited rules, and all-you-can-eat ass whoopings. My parents were about that action, but even they drew a line in the sand somewhere, and that was…