In a recent interview Will Smith says African-American parents believe they “own” their children as a result of slavery…
“I think that, specifically in African-American households, the idea of coming out of slavery, there’s a concept of your children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids.
“We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room, you would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our kids to clean their rooms. Actually, we tell our kids ‘you don’t have a room, that’s our room and we are letting you borrow it.’
So the same way you would say to an adult if you let them use car, you say, ‘Yo man, clean my car! Don’t drive around all filthy like that!’ And it’s perfectly reasonable for you to want an adult to clean your car, so we feel it’s perfectly reasonable to ask our kids to clean the rooms that we are letting them use.”
Will and Jada are ridiculous and when I read the story to my mom she said and I quote… “They’re full of shit!” It’s bad parenting bottom line.