Black-ish played it safe

If you haven’t heard, ABC has a new comedy series out called ‘black-ish.  It’s about a upper middle class family who have ancestral roots from Alkebu-lan.  I like the show.  It’s a bit on the nose, but a change from the standard family sit-com is always welcome with me.  But Black-ish missed a golden opportunity to change the game for real last night.

Airing yesterday evening, the 5th episode of the young series focused on the younger son Jack’s proclivity for hiding, which lead to a great deal of anxiety for his parents.  Warned first by his mother Rainbow (cleva name for Tracee Ellis-Ross’ character) and again by his father Andre (Anthony Anderson) not to do such a thing anymore, Jack decides the fun of sending his family into a frenzy is too good to pass up.  After hiding once more, and not coming out when he hears the panicked cries of his family who is searching for him, Andre drops the hammer: for his misdeeds, Jack has earned a spank.

The rest of the show is a build up of tension and emotions as Andre and Rainbow belabor whether to follow through or not on the threat to dish out some corporal punishment.  This is a particularly hot issue in the wake of NFL Super Star Adrian Peterson’s pending child abuse charges.  Publicly most people claim to be against any form of spanking or physical punishment for their children, but those same people often share different views behind closed doors.  Most folks were given a spanking every now and the while growing up, and we all turned out fine right?  (except for those of you whose parent’s took things too far).  These days, spanking is taboo, almost as bad as bringing an undeclared guest to a wedding reception.

Although I had hopes for the best, in the end Andre chickened out and elected to tell his son Jack how “Disappointed” in him he was.  Apparently this is the new form of spanking, because Jack left his father’s room repentant and crying.  It was a cop out, but an understandable one.  The show is brand new, and they can’t afford to have the kid worshiping segment of society coming for their heads just yet.  Even a show as revolutionary and cutting edge as “black-ish” apparently isn’t about that life.

Still a funny episode; I will continue to watch.

4 thoughts on “Black-ish played it safe

  1. Absolutely! I like the show but was definitely disappointed with the outcome of that particular episode. The decision to spank or not to spank wasn’t based on what was best for the children, it centered around the parent’s reluctance to enforce any significant consequences or punishment for repeated behaviors.

    1. And this is the problem.

      Many parents today are more afraid of the harm they may cause their children both physically, but more mentally from corporal punishment. The thinking is if I spank my child, my child will think I don’t love him.

      It is actually the opposite which is true. The bible says God disciplines his children out of love. If you are not disciplined, you are like an illegitimate child (Hebrews 12:5-11).

      It is when we discipline our children out of love (not out of anger, which is abuse) that they can be taught the consequences of their actions.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Yea I felt the same way. I thought it was a golden opportunity to show something different that is both a cultural norm in many black homes but also a spiritual truth in the Word. So I was disappointed by the outcome (I hope my disappointment doesn’t break Anthony Anderson’s spirit :-). But it was still the most funny episode I’ve seen. One minor thing that annoyed me, was when Anthony went to his dad and his dad pulled the hot wheels track out. I felt Anthony was out of character. A real kid that got beat by something like that his whole life, would have flinched and said “dad what did I do wrong?” even as an adult. lol

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