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Dr. Stacey Patton: CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AND THE PARENT-TO-PRISON PIPELINE

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St. Rita School New Orleans

65 Fontainebleau Drive

New Orleans, LA 70125

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While over 70 percent of American parents favor spanking children, black parents have a particular attachment to the practice, believing, in part, that it will protect their children from street violence, the police, and prison.

Drawing from her work and research on black child advocacy, abuse survivor, award-winning journalist and child activist Dr. Stacey Patton will discuss how the use of corporal punishment is a crucial factor in explaining why black folks are subject to disproportionately higher rates of school suspensions and expulsions, criminal prosecutions, child abuse cases, and foster care placements, which too often funnel abused and traumatized children into the prison system. She will examine how America’s unsavory and violent history of the mistreatment of black children that emerged from slavery and Jim Crow continues to inform contemporary black patterns of physical punishment of their children.

Dr. Stacey Patton is an award-winning journalist, author, and child advocate. Her writing on issues surrounding higher education, child welfare, and race has appeared in the Washington Post, Al Jazeera, the BBC News, and the Root. She is also the author of That Mean Old Yesterday and the new book Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America.

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