The media has been abuzz with the atrocious behavior of football players assaulting the women and children in their lives. As disgusting as that behavior is, what is also odious are the defenses being offered by prominent figures such as CNN’s Don Lemon and Charles Barkley for such abuse, saying that they received similar treatment from their parents when they were children and see nothing wrong with it or that it is somehow some cultural thing.
This is the common case of people thinking that their own experience is, or should be, universal. Just because you don’t resent the abuse you received does not mean that others do not suffer irreparable harm. I was fortunate in having parents who never hit me. But I was subjected to corporal punishment in school, being caned on two occasions. Even though I do not think I suffered any permanent harm from the canings (in both cases they were quick and clinical), I am totally opposed to corporate punishment of children of any kind in any place. I did see other students being subject to quite vicious punishments by teachers that would not surprise me if they caused serious and lasting damage.
Stephen Colbert took to task Sean Hannity who seems to revel in the fact that he was beaten quite severely by his father.
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