Researchers Say Black Parents Spank Their Kids The Most and It Is Damaging

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If you are a parent it is more likely than not that you have spanked your child at one point or another in their lifetime. Spanking used to be a very widely accepted form of punishment. Now there are studies upon studies that state that spankings or any other kind of physical punishment is harmful to your child mentally. A new study from the University of Texas at Austin conducted by corporal punishment researcher Elizabeth Gershoff shows that out of all groups of people, African Americans are more likely to use spanking as a form of punishment than any other group.

When 20,000 kindergarten students and their parents were evaluated for the study it was found that 89% of black parents spanked their children as a form of punishment. This was more than any other race. Hispanic parents came in second at 80%, white parents at 79%, and Asian parents last with 73%. Even though they were able to find these results, the answer as to why black families chose physical punishment was a little more complex.

There are theories from some people that black parents grew up being beaten as a form of punishment so they believe that is the way they are supposed to raise their children.

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  1. Regina

    August 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I am sick and tired of these peckerwoods telling blacks on how to raise their children properly.

    I am giving whites TIME UP.

    • Louis

      August 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Regina, that is why you see them acting a fool in the grocery store and the kid is talking to the parent as thou the parent is the kid. QUOTE: Now Johhny you cannot have that, mommy said you cannot have that..The KID WHY??? I WANT THAT AND I WANT IT NOW…YOU CANNOT TELL ME I CANT HAVE THAT, I WANT THAT !…….Yea Righj!! Never seen a Black child telling their parent that in the store or even in Public.

  2. J5

    August 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    This is Bull shit. A good spanking never hurts a child. The reason kids are so fuckin bad and rude is because parents don’t discipline their kids. They need an ass whipping.

    • Brad s

      August 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm


    • Louis

      August 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Thank You J5, to this day my 11 year old daughter does not get spankings from me, and never did from her mother coming up, now that she is 11 her mother can’t control her in certain situations, but I never have any problem out of my daughter. I wonder Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ?????

    • Louis

      August 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      This is why you don’t see Black kids taking AK-47 in a Movie Theater shooting up everyone in the Movie house or killing kids at a school with a AK-47, and bombs at Columbine School. And planting Bombs at Back Packs at Marathons, you dont see Black kids doing Dumb S _ _ _ like that, you know why, because they got their A _ _ spank as a kid, and knew when something was wrong to do they got their A _ _ Spank, not NO DAMN TIME OUTS. WHAT A TIME OUT JOKE. Time Out, yea you got a Time out alright, your A _ _ Spank.


    August 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm


    Proverbs 23:14

    Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

    God and King Solomon tried to help you save your children. The Creator God addressed child training, and He plainly ordained corporal punishment to save children from trouble and premature death. The use of the rod to inflict minor bodily pain will deliver a child from the greater pain of a dysfunctional and destructive life and/or the judgment of God.

    You can read all the psychology or child training textbooks you want – there is not a ray of light or modicum of wisdom in them (Is 8:20). God has spoken; the issue is settled (Ps 119:128). What will you do for your children? Choose the world’s failing methods or the old paths God inspired and your grandparents followed with good success.

    The mantra of this effeminate, permissive, and dysfunctional society is: “Kids, you can’t beat ‘em.” How did they come up with this ridiculous jingle? By allowing pubescent girls to hallucinate together in a Social Studies class about their ideas to make the world a better place! The Creator God has given the final and authoritative answer on this subject, and 6,000 years of world history have confirmed it. The most orderly homes and societies are the disciplined ones, and the disciplined ones used corporal punishment to achieve it.

    Every parent must choose. Will you submit to God’s word as the final authority, or will you worship at the altar of modern education and psychology? Without faith in God and His word, a man is unreasonable, incapable of right thinking, and vulnerable to ridiculous tripe like Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care or A.S. Neill’s Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Childrearing. Both of which are absurd in content and bankrupt in results. Is this assessment of modern man too harsh? Not hardly (Rom 1:21-32; I Tim 6:3-5,20-21)!

    There is no question to Bible believers what spawned the hippies and rebellion of the 1960’s and the resulting explosion in crime, recreational drugs, children born out of wedlock, and decline in test scores. It was the first generation raised on Spock’s anti-God fantasy, which was first published in 1946 and became the nation’s bestseller. What did Mr. Spock think later, after observing the results, and seeing his own grandson commit suicide? The doctor confessed that his book, formed from Freud’s insane delusions and Darwin’s debased humanity, was based on unproven theories that had failed.

    Is pain constructive? Did you monitor your driving speed better after your last traffic ticket? Think how carefully you would drive, if you received a ticket for every violation! How accurately would you keep your books, if the IRS informed you of an audit? Pain is constructive! Even the thought of pain is constructive! The issue is so simple it precludes discussion. But the world rushes on, screaming against loving corporal punishment, while screaming for the murder of unborn children and the perpetual incarceration of their numerous failures. That is what a liberal education will get you (I Cor 1:19-20; 3:19-20)!

    To think you are wiser than God and 6,000 years of world history and adopt a modern fantasy for child training is folly. God has spoken very clearly. You cannot improve upon the simple wisdom of Proverbs, no matter what approach you choose in your arrogance. Neither greater severity nor greater permissiveness will work. Children are inherently foolish; the rod will drive it out of them; they can be saved from self-destruction; they can grow up to be productive adults, making parents very happy, if it is applied early and liberally and consistently (Pr 3:11-12; 13:24; 19:18; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 29:15,17).

    Withholding corporal punishment is child abuse (Pr 13:24)! Spare the rod, spoil the child! Kids, you better beat them! Children must learn to submit to the loving authority of parents in their formative years, or they will be belligerent, proud, and selfish adults. They will have trouble submitting to the other relationships of life. The self-discipline necessary for adult success depends on parental discipline as a child. It is cruel to avoid a little pain to parent and child now that will certainly cause great pain to both in the future.

    What is the rod in this proverb? “A straight, slender shoot or wand, growing upon or cut from a tree, bush, etc. It is exactly what every parent and teacher knew as the hickory switch a few generations ago (Pr 10:13). It was as indispensable as a whip for a horse and a bridle for an ass (Pr 26:3). It is not a club, because the purpose is not harm, but affectionate correction. Its use would leave thin stripes of color on the back, which are as effective to the child as a ticket or an audit to the parent (Pr 17:10; 19:29; 20:30).

    What is the salvation from hell in this proverb? This cannot literally mean the lake of fire, or eternal life would depend on child discipline, not the grace of God. But hell is also used metaphorically for trouble, destruction, and death (Ps 16:10; 18:5; 86:13; 116:3; Is 5:14; 28:15; Jonah 2:2). Here is a dysfunctional and troubled life leading to a premature death, either by accident, crime, revenge, or capital punishment. A salvation indeed!

    The future of your family, your church, and the nation depend on the wise application of God’s inspired and infallible word. Those who rejoice and obey it will be blessed. Those who defy and reject it will bear the consequences, as any honest person can see already. The consequences of rebelling against God’s word and sending spoiled children into the world are coming home to roost. Save your children today! Thank you, Lord of heaven and earth, for your inspired and infallible instruction for proper training of children. Go there. Sign up for Proverbs e-letter to your e-mail address. BE ENLIGHTENED!!!

  4. JLace

    August 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I doubt you really know any black people judging from your statement. The few that you may have encountered and what you see in the media don’t represent the group as a whole. Such narrow minded statement bring nothing to the conversation but the possibility of confrontation. If you read the article you would’ve seen that 80% of Hispanics also spanked their children only 9% less than Blacks 89%. Do you have any racist stereotypes to throw at them or is your racism limited to blacks?
    While many may disagree with spanking as a form of punishment. I’m sure you will find more respect from child to their parents where spankings took place.

  5. Colette

    August 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    No doubt, Anastasia never received any discipline in her early childhood years; which has caused her to be arrogant and foolosh in her assessment of the entire black race. You cannot argue with people like this, prayer is the key and your weapon….see Anastasia we are not all violent….I can do more damage on my knees than I ever could with a gun, knife or any weapon….because the Bible says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God; pulling down strongholds…..praying for you….Jesus Christ isn Lord and He loves you!

    • Regina

      August 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      P-U\H-U-C-K PRAYER AND JESUS CHRIST. This is not a prayer or jesus problem. It is a lack of parenting skills, plain and simple.

      People like you that advocate B.S. like prayer and jesus is lacking in responsibility and parenting skills at will. When you bring a child into this world, it is YOUR job to be the parent and responsible for discipline, not PRAYER or JESUS.

      Now I see where our black children go wrong. It is parents like yourself that won’t take the time to analyze the problem and deal with it instead of turning your responsibility of turning it over to bubbles aka Jesus.

  6. Colette

    August 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    And I spanked all 3 of my children and they are all productive citizens… enforcement officer, youth pastor and Baseball coach and teen mentor….these are my kids now adults whom I loved enough to correct their behavior while they were young. The Bible says train them up in the way they should go and when they get old they will not depart from it (God’s Word)


    August 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I have 5 grown children,9 grandkids,and 3 greatgrand children.All of them knew right from wrong,and very rarely did they get spanked or beat as they stated. Having a father in the home is the differrence in now and back in the day. Someone said it correct,if we don’t correct them, they will be beaten killed by the police or in jail where most of our young black males are today and the girls are following. Thank GOD my dad whoop my ass when i fucked up. I”m living proof it works. Married 50 years same girl and all the children are still respectful THANK GOD

  8. Jeff

    August 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I’m white and part of the 89% that spanks their kids. The trick to spanking is to only use it sparingly. You can’t spank the kids every time they mess up and you have to use it as a last resort. Otherwise you’re teaching your kids to handle every situation with violence. I live in a very diverse city in Michigan so I have black friends from the hood and white friends from the rich suburbs and I can for sure say black people (for the most part) spank unnecessarily and white people don’t spank nearly enough. So the result is black people who become criminals because they are taught violence and you have white people who grow up spoiled and break the law because they don’t know consequences.

  9. Jeff

    August 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Sorry, 79%**

  10. elaine

    August 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

    See this is an example of what happens when you fail to discipline a child!
    Anastasia, your mother should have whipped your ass!

    • Regina

      August 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Anaskank, let’s look at your white race again. Shall we?

      Lynching just to be killing

      Raping just to be raping




      Look at the number of your white mass murderers. Who stole this land from the Indians and Blacks? Whites

      Africans were here before whitey. Africans were here 2500 years before that bestially bred jesus was created. Who steals peoples homes, life savings, retirements, etc? Whites.

      Who brought the drugs here to this country? Whites. It is linked to the Beatles and other british rock groups. Who is behind the drug trade, it is whites.

      What blacks do we do to each other. WHAT WHITES DO WHITES DO TO EVERYONE AND EACH OTHER.

      So look at your background before you point one finger at us and three at yourself.

  11. MW

    August 7, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Good one Colette. I also raised 3 sons with my husband. Most of the discipline was by me which wasn’t often because all he had to do was give his look. They had their share of teenage issues but all turned out to be law abiding adults one with a family. I was going to ignore Ana-stank-azz but then I had this thought just for him/she/it……. If our Black folks are so violent why is that at every opportunity your white folk are always trying to look like, act like, hang out with and/or marry them, as well as have their babies? Can you answer that one Ana-stank-azz, huh?

  12. Devon

    August 7, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Beatin on a kid is a sign of an ignorant azz parent who cant raise kids. Anastasia is a stank azz white dyck suckin ho but she right. Nuccas stay braggin about beatin their kids but cant brag about some innovative sheit theh do to discipline that dont involve violence. You got stupid ole azz country mawfukkas think abusin kids is co and ole azz nuccas braggin bout how their mama beat em with pots and pans and extension cords. Now you ole azz mawfukkas puttin that sheit on youtube well I already sent three videos to different precincts so yall betta hope it wa none of yall on those videos beatin your kids becuz popo might be payin yall stoopid azz a visit. And I hope they go upside yalls heads like yall do ya kids now say cheese for rhe mugshot!

  13. Devon

    August 7, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Naw Louis they not shootin up movie theaters they just shootin other blks in their own sheitty neighborhoods they shootin babies and little kids men women and old folks. But thats normal for hood nuccas right? Blk kids just as violent as the crakka kids shootin up schools sit your stoopid azz down.

  14. Andria

    August 7, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Devon, I hope your excellent points weren’t lost on anyone. I have never and will never spank my beautiful black child. She’s 14, perfectly respectful, and demonstrates that she knows right from wrong on a daily basis. Just because you don’t spank your child doesn’t mean you’re a push over. There are many ways to discipline without physically harming or shaming. Spanking is about you, the parent, and your emotional reaction to the kid’s behavior. That’s not the purpose of discipline. Calm down, think a damn minute, consider how you might help alter the child’s behavior without putting your hands on him/her, and do that. It’s laziness, it incites fear disguised as respect, and it’s time to change the method. I’m in education. I visit hundreds of classrooms a year, all of which are in failing school districts, all if which are made up of a majority of black children. Guess who consistently misbehaves? Guess who consistently disrespects the teachers? I would never pretend that student behavior boils down to a single factor, like spanking, but according to these comments black children have respect as a result of their parents’ parenting styles. Not! They know how to behave in YOUR presence because they know you’ll cut them a new one. Then they get to school and act a fool. So cut it out. It ain’t working! This is not about comparing ourselves to other groups either. This is about truthfully examining our practices and their effects on our babies. If you were beat as a child (as I was) you recall hating your parents. Of course you eventually outgrew or repressed the feeling, but you felt it. Why in the world does that have to be the case? Why do we have to create that resentment in our children? Why not at least consider an alternative? Why not imagine raising children that are well behaved and productive without beating them silly? It’s all too close minded and reactionary. My momma did it, so I’m gonna do it. White people don’t do it, so it must be right. We’re smarter than that. More resourceful than that. We love our children more than that. We ought to start reflecting that love. In far less traditional ways. (None of my sweeping comments were meant to describe our entire race. I was illustrating a point.)

    • jon

      August 11, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Whew! A breath of sanity and thoughtfulness

  15. Toya

    August 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t believe in spanking especially after 5. My theory is our community spanks more because that is what the slave masters did to to gain immediate control and compliance of the subordinates.

  16. rc

    August 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Two words on spanking kids: Joe Jackson. Two words on not spanking kids: Jeffery Dahmer.

    • pm

      August 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Jeffery Dahmer came from a christian family and was spanked

  17. Jeffrey Brown

    August 10, 2014 at 5:58 am

    As a substitute teacher, I have noticed that it takes harsher discipline to get black kids to do what they are supposed to do.

    • Ebony in Hartford

      August 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      I totally agree. The kids who ‘need a beating’ to act right are the worst behaved at school. Zero self-regulation.

  18. Samuel Martin

    August 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Christian Theologians who advocated against spanking – Pt. 3

    Probably one of the most important high profile individuals in this century who shunned the practice of corporal punishment is the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, we don’t have too much information on the reasoning he had from a theological point of view.

    Follow the link above to read the rest of the post.

  19. jon

    August 11, 2014 at 12:31 am

    it seems that condoning violence to black children by adults is acceptable in that culture is stronger than facts. many seem to be resistant to the results and quickly dismiss them. the damage is real

  20. Bre

    August 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    There shouldn’t even be a research conducted on WHO beats their kids, it should be conducted on WHY and to what extent of beating your kids is damaging. Im sure spanking your kid when they do something bad is ok, but there are some parents who go too far and that’s what it should have been on. Why single out a race? That’s the problem with this world… That’s what causes racism. People dont even notice its wrong anymore. The real study should be why research studies single out races. There is no need, that’s not what the study is about and is causes people like Anastasia (in previous comments) to become the way they are, racist. There are facts about each race, yes. But to point them out and make a races fault visible is unacceptable. We are all the people of this planet and we should all be working together, not fighting over the dumbest shit about “blacks spank their kids more”. People raise their children the way they believe is right and thats non of our buisness, it only should become our buisness if abuse or some sort of extreme punishment is involved. People need to break their ways and learn to love eachother, all anyone wants to do is break down the next person and that shows a lot about who you are. So anyone who fell for this bullshit study, and conducted an argument with someone in these comments, or pin pointed a race, you guys should feel ashamed and realize how other people are controlling your actions.

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