Over the past few days, I’ve learned that y’all have had some rough childhoods.
It all started a couple of days ago, when Young Jeezy turned himself in after an alleged altercation with his son. Courtesy of TMZ
, the CNN of the Internetz:
According to the charging documents — obtained by TMZ — Jeezy got into a fight with his son in a bathroom and he threw his son into the glass shower door, causing the son to hit his head. Then Jeezy allegedly punched him in the face, dragged him into the bedroom, threw him on the bed and pummeled him.
According to the incident report, Jeezy’s son attempted to escape but the rapper’s bodyguard blocked the stairwell.
The docs go on — claiming Jeezy subsequently choked his son and said, “I will kill you.” According to police docs, Jeezy’s son claims his dad said, “I will put a bullet in your head right now,” adding, “If I could get away with it, I would kill you.” The incident allegedly occurred in Sept., 2012.
The Snowman, of course, denies these claims
, saying that instead of threatening to blow his child’s brains out he just shoved the boy, hit him with the tried-and-true “I brought you in this world, I’ll take you out” line and that this is all an elaborate babymomma money scheme. Isn’t that always the case?
Although this certainly sounds more like a fight than a parental scolding a child (teenagers are too old for spankings) I’ll let the courts decide if Jeezy used Thug Motivation on his son or not. My more immediate concern is the Internet reaction and the large collection of Jeezy stans young adults who condone caving in a child’s skull.
Look playas, I’ll be all the way real with you. I’m no shrinking violet who thinks spanking children is wrong. I lived in fear of my dad’s belt and I’m a better man because of it. It taught me that there were consequences for my actions.
And let’s not forget, Your Heavenly Father authorizes parents to keep their pimp hand strong:
Proverbs 13:24: Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
Beatings are biblical, people.
But there’s a line between discipline and abuse. The allegations against Jeezy are abuse, no matter how y’all spin it.
I’ve seen folks on the Twitterz claim that they’ve been (literally) thrown around, had weapons pulled on them, and have been verbally belittled by their parents and they “turned out OK.”
I’m so glad your life turned out fine. But you still endured abuse.
Unless your child is coming at you with a lightsaber, there is no reason to physically beat them down, let alone throw them through glass like Shawn Michaels did.
Corporal punishment is not a way for hotheaded parents to let off steam. In fact, it’s not about the parent at all – it’s about the child. A spanking should be a firm reminder that there are consequences for actions.
I certainly believe that a child should have a bit of fear for their parent – a fear born from respect; a fear of not living up to the high standards set by their household. Not terror or intimidation.
The only thing that should linger from a stinging spanking is a hard lesson learned.