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Thread #51762   Message #790061
Posted By: NicoleC
24-Sep-02 - 01:07 AM
Thread Name: BS: Traveller Discrimination in the USA
Subject: RE: Traveller Discrimination in the USA
I think there's a difference between a spanking and a beating. Whacking your kid with an open hand while s/he bends over the bed is hardly abuse; a scraped knee hurts more.

From what I saw of the videotape, that wasn't in the "spanking" category. Nor did I have any clue she was anything but born American when I saw her interviewed -- I think the cry of discrimination in unwarranted here. She's not wearing an "ethnic" sign.

I still haven't figured out what the kid's transgression was supposed to be. But with no prior evidence of abuse, anger management classes are probably the most fair and positive action to take. Unfortunately, like all Mom's who get caught in the public eye being human, she is likely to pay a stiff price, and the child as well. CPS will be under pressure to remove the kids from their "unfit" mother, whether she is or not.

A father beats his kids bloody and senseless and the police hardly respond to the 911 call. Mom beats her kids once and it's a sign of how the modern family is falling apart. (Or so the spin went on the news here.)