Posted on October 12, 2011

Is Spanking a Race Issue?

Janice D’Arcy, Washington Post, October 12, 2011


In 2004, a Child Trends’ analysis of the General Social Survey found that “94 percent of non-Hispanic black women, compared with 72 percent of Hispanic women, 65 percent of non-Hispanic white women, and 46 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander women, agreed that a child sometimes needs a ‘good hard spanking.'”

A University of Maryland sociology professor wrote in an Opinion piece for The New York Times this summer that attitudes on spanking are changing, particularly in the black community. Still, Rashawn Ray theorized that many parents face peer pressure on the issue: Blacks may feel pressure to spank and whites to not spank because of a cultural divide.