What is a switch? Ask any black person over the age of 35 and they will tell you. It is a branch devoid of leaves used for beating children. As a child I can remember visiting my grandmother and she would bring a switch into the kitchen and say the next person that got out of line would be whipped with that switch. It served as a bad behavior determent, but was it right? No, but was it child abuse? In the 60s and 70s children really had no rights and parents and grandparents were free to apply any form of discipline they saw fit, but those days are gone. Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse and he claims he was doing to his child what was done to him. That might be true, but was it right then and is it right now? Share your thoughts.
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This morning I saw a woman on the Today Show say that she supports Ray Rice. She went on to say that if a woman hits a man first she should not be surprised to be hit back. Over the past week I have heard and read others who share her opinion. What do you think? Share your thoughts.
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How many times will the networks play the horrific video? We’ve seen it on every network for the past few days. Each time has to be another stab in the heart for Janay Rice, but her feelings are lost in the media hysteria. Ray Rice lost his job, his reputation, his endorsements, and he faces an uncertain future. Rice is no victim, but he is no monster. Rice is a man who made a terrible decision. No man ever has the right to hit a woman, but let’s not make Rice the face of domestic violence. It is ironic that some of his critics probably have also raised their hands to their woman, but fortunately for them there is no footage for the world to see. The NFL currently employs other abusers and at this point their contracts have not been nullified. The Ravens play on national television tomorrow night and the Rice conversation will continue, but the discussion needs to move in a new direction. Rice is history and it is time to let him and his family move on with their new life. It is also time to address the cadre of abusers that will suit up on Sunday. Deal with them.
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Yesterday the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice after they saw the video of what happened in that NJ casino. When we saw Rice drag his then fiancée off the elevator what did we think happened? She didn’t faint. We could assume he knocked her out, but yesterday when we saw it on the big screen we could no longer keep our collective heads in the sand. We had to acknowledge the obvious, but where do we go from here? The media will talk about the Rice saga until the numbers dip, but what are we going to do? We sit and look at the videotape with horror, but where is that horror when we watch Love and Hip Hop. We see women fighting women, women fighting men and men fighting women and we watch this while devouring popcorn. We call this entertainment. Our young people watch these shows. One of my friends said her daughter thought the Rice situation was bad but she did not find it horrifying. I also saw an 18 year old young man being interviewed last night and he said women have to learn not to disrespect their man. He felt a man was justified to get physical if he believed he was being disrespected. So we need to talk to our young people about what domestic violence really is. Most violence is not played out on the big screen. It is generally done in private. It might be happening to your neighbors or your church members. Some people on your job who are ragging on Rice today might be abusers but you will never know. It is done behind closed doors and there are no cameras. Share your thoughts.
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”