Poussaint, who was a consultant for NBC's "The Cosby Show," says studies show that about 80 percent of parents in the African-American community use corporal punishment. "Despite that, you have very high crime rates, very high rates of violence, very high rates of incarceration. That should be enough of a message that (corporal punishment) doesn't work."The same reasoning would say that the incarceration doesn't work either.
Here is an anti-spanking zealot who believes that it is wrong to ever hit a child (under the age of 18). He has to struggle hard with the question of whether self-defense is acceptable.