Why Black People Ignore the Research on Spanking

Clutch magazine's Kirsten West Savali presents a provocative theory about why African-American parents resist the science that says hitting children is ill-advised.

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He whipped us.

To keep us in line, working hard and obedient, he whipped us, and that is the exact same thing that we do to our children.

Read Kirsten West Savali's entire piece at Clutch magazine.

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Kirsten West Savali is a cultural critic and senior writer for The Root, where she explores the intersections of race, gender, politics and pop culture. You can always find her where the good fight is—or good cookies. Follow her on Twitter.

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