Whip-loving parents abused as children
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Many of the contemporary Jamaican parents who abuse their children in the name of discipline were treated in a similar fashion by their own parents, and the research will show that it goes back to slavery and our beloved British masters whom we still adore, respect and fear (even) as leaders.
It takes a keen mind to realise and understand where the problem started and, most important, how it can be resolved.
During slavery, these slave overseers, mainly Irish, held public whippings, and so a little black boy would have seen his father or mother get a whipping. Thus, the male ego was emasculated.
Now we know that slavery was abolished a long time ago, but just like our slave masters' names, which we still have and cherish, many things have not changed significantly.
I laugh when I hear Europeans run off their mouths about modern-day slavery when they are yet to pay reparations for the atrocities of their ancestors. The British Parliament and the monarchy have not even apologised for slavery as yet.
We will not resolve these issues until the right persons are in a position to bring about the changes desired.