Changing the Culture of Physical Punishment in Black Communities
The goal of this workshop is to examine the ways in which corporal punishment is discussed and regarded in black families and communities. It is designed to address the deeply rooted cultural attachment to physical discipline as an appropriate and effective parenting tool. The workshop incorporates some examples drawn from popular culture as well as African-American history, sociological studies, new media, social networking, psychological research and personal testimonies. This workshop will connect the current conversation and controversy about physical discipline to the historical roots of plantation violence and post-slavery dynamics. All participants will gain new perspectives on the topic and increase their cultural awareness and sensitivity and share best parenting practices that do not involve physical punishment.
Ideal Time Frame
* This workshop can be adapted to an hour-length speech with an audience Q&A for audiences larger (or smaller) than 50 participants.Love and violence do not co-exist.