Am I the only person in America who is having a little problem with this?
Please understand, I am NOT bashing this mother. I am sure she loves her son and was concerned for his safety and his future. I’m not accusing her of abuse, or saying that her parenting caused her son to be a rioter, or advocating that he be removed from her care.
I am thankful every day that there are no video cameras recording my parenting. I have slapped my kids. I have screamed at them. I have said mean things to them. Sometimes these tactics were effective at stopping whatever misbehavior motivated them–temporarily. I doubt they produced lasting change, or if they did it wasn’t for the right reasons.
But seriously, am I the ONLY ONE (I think I might be, judging from every comment I’ve read on this video) who sees the irony in applauding an angry and violent outburst against a child who just engaged in an angry and violent outburst? Aren’t riots themselves proof that violence begets more violence? If we want justifiably angry people to channel their anger into peaceful solutions, isn’t that the behavior we should be modeling?
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