Privilege from a Latin word privilegium meaning a law in favor of or against an individual. Supremacy, from a Latin word supremus meaning that is above. Inferior from Latin word inferus meaning being below or under.
If you are like me, you may have heard these terms in relation to what is deemed race issues. After reading a Facebook thread some of the responses caused me to look at these terms in relation to the relationship of parent/child or adult/child. Especially when concerning the privilege or right some express in regards to hitting their inferior, my apologies I meant to write loved one. Could those who feel so strongly about their privilege, to what is erroneously labeled discipline, be displaying a sign of supremacy?
One of the reasons I read, really caused me to think about this perspective. The response in favor of hitting their child was associated with not having their child “back talk” to them as if their child was their EQUAL. I immediately had thoughts of a group of people asking to be considered equal. Other than a thought of supremacy over another individual identified as a child what else could it possibly be? Other interesting thoughts I had in relation to these three terms made me think of actions displayed by those having a thought of supremacy and privilege over those deemed to be inferior. Could they be the same in most cases?
One of the definitions of white supremacy is an ideology centered upon the belief, the promotion of the belief, that so called “white” people are superior in certain characteristics, traits and attributes to people of other “racial” backgrounds and that therefore should politically, economically and socially rule “non-white people.”
White privilege is described as a term for societal privileges that benefit people identified as white beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.
It’s noted that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said the following; “it is probably true that the inferiority complex is one of the most stagnating and strangulating and crushing conditions of the human personality. It distorts the personality and plunges it into the abyss of inner conflicts. And so one of the first things that individual must do to integrate themselves and to be sure that their personalities are integrated is to seek to overcome a feeling of inferiority. This is one of the first and basic conditions of life.”
I ask that each reader re-read the last three paragraphs above and insert adult or parent supremacy, adult or parent privilege and child inferiority. Can you find any comparisons? An article titled “Prevalence, Societal Causes, and Trends in Corporal Punishment by Parents in World Perspective,” indicates research has shown that In the United States, the spanking of infants is common with toddler-age children being spanked the most. Many supremacists will typically respond that spanking, swatting, patting, whipping, tapping, all which include striking or hitting the body with a hand or another object, as a necessity to make children compliant, prevent unwanted behaviors, and promote respect of superiors. I can describe several instances of non-complying adults displaying unwanted social behaviors and showing what could be considered as disrespect of superiors; by adults who will proudly express receiving spankings as discipline and turning out just fine. Could this be an example of children simply not having yet obtained adult privileges? Now try and imagine what the response would be if children took to the streets, with signs expressing their right to be treated fairly as equals? Would their superiors come to the table for a discussion or would the demonstration be met with additional discipline?
I will end with a summation of an article titled “Spanking and Child Development: We Know Enough Now to Stop Hitting Our Children,” indicates there are a number of documented adverse physical, mental and emotional effects of spanking and other forms of corporal punishment, including various physical injuries, increased anxiety, depression and antisocial behavior. As a recovering supremacist with thoughts of privilege I can clearly see the harm I caused in those I deemed my inferiors. I’ve often heard many times that there is no book with instructions to raise children yet clearly some have documented how NOT to raise children.
USAGE: WESTERN AFRICAN, YORUBA.