by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
For years, the church has been a pillar in the black community, and corporal punishment is prevalent amongst our people as well. Both are widely accepted and often without question, but one Georgia mother is making some wonder if it is indeed possible to take those cultural beliefs too far. Lolita Smith was arrested on July 16th for allegedly beating her son because he refused to attend church.
The Grio reports, “Police were called to a Georgia home on Saturday morning by a seventeen year old boy whose mother would not stop beating him with a belt. Supposedly the boy’s mother…was hitting her son because he wouldn’t go to church.” According to reports from 11 Alive, the boy ran to his room to escape being beaten by his mother. That did not stop Smith, however. She went to the extent of tearing down her son’s bedroom door to continue her tirade. The Grio reports that “when the police arrived on the scene Smith was cursing and acting belligerently, saying that the way she disciplined her son was her business. Her sons arm had visible welts.”
A Georgia policeman made a point of stating that corporal punishment is not against the law, but there is a place to draw the line. Police reports show that this is the fourth time that they have been called to the Smith home for domestic violence. Ironically, this mother works with children regularly in Cherokee County Schools as a speech pathologist. Smith was charged with criminal trespass and simple battery. She was released on bond on July 17th.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.