Monday, January 20, 2014

Uh oh - a racist agrees with your parenting.

I found this article about a mother who made her daughter take a photo with a sign that said:

My name is Hailey. I am a kind caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong.

Cue up "The Ride of the Valkyries", load up Facebook, and...

Half the commenters believe the mother (Cara Schneider) did the right thing. Half the commenters accuse the mother of being a bully. Supporters compare the punishment to their own experiences, such as having stolen something as a child and being made by their parents to return what was stolen and apologize in person to the shop keep. The other side say that humiliating someone is wrong - especially if the whole world can see the person through social media.

My take is that anyone who disagrees with the mother's decision in this case should be sterilized by government order, to prevent their lack of common sense being passed on to the next generation. People who believe shaming a bully is worse-than or equivalent-to being a bully are not fit to dwell alongside us in a civilized society. People who believe shame is detrimental in correcting bad behavior are beyond hopeless. Pay attention, dolts: If shame was not an effective means of curbing aberrant behavior, why do people engaging in aberrant behaviors go to such lengths to conceal that of which they are ashamed, and cease their aberrant behaviors once they are discovered?

And let's not forget the inherent hypocrisy of these same critics, who would no doubt have verbally crucified the mother had she not intervened and her daughter's bullying led to a suicide or school shooting. So what would they have done? "Just take the phone away, don't take a picture!", they say. I say by making the community aware of her daughter's behavior, the mother was ensuring that no other parent would make the mistake of saying to their children "Sure, your little friend Hailey can use your phone."

Bravo, Cara Schneider! I apologize that your actions are being endorsed by a White Supremacist. I assure you, had you been a race mixer and your daughter half-black, I still would have applauded you for your parenting ability, it just would have come with more than a few jokes about your love of intercourse with sub-apes. But, hopefully, we won't have to do any shaming of that sort for either you or your daughter.

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