This is certainly not a new topic. Whether it be political, social or in home forums, the subject of ‘beatings’ is a very pressing issue in the island.
Recently the Minister of Education Reverend Ronald “Ronnie” Thwaites formerly announced that administering lashes as a form of punishment in public schools is strictly prohibited and could have reprocussions for the accused.
Many threw support behind the minister, while others were not as satisfied with the declaration. “Me get beaten in school and home and it nuh affect me” said a mother who responded to a query posed by a news crew.
From the reponse its obvious that she like many J’cans feel indifferent regarding the beating of children.
Beating of children in home, schools and at times public places is as old in Jamaica as could be. In fact a lot of scholars and locals believe Jamaica morbid beating habit is a residual of slavery and the severe beat downs which were the norm.
These gruesome assaults would be carried out against men women and child. Since enslaved Africans were recultured after there identities were purged, it would be rational to assume they saw this beating habit as ‘right’ if not the only way to resolve issues.
Due to this historical context many are lead to believe that the “quick to beat” mentality was engraved in our ancestors hence the our situation today.
Another belief is that the physical punishment is as a result of poverty in JA. Regardless of reason we love beat pitney and I’ve been on the receiving end of a belt. For me I have no absolute position on the matter in fact I just feel we are trying to conform to external norms.