o1centare, its not just a southern "thang". people have been beating children everywhere for a long time. poverty doesnt ensure violence but it does encourage it and makes it more difficult to conceal, at times. do some research. compare the statistics. whoes kids wind up in the er beaten and/or dead? why? the reasons are numerous and varied and long standing. how do we fix it? i dont know. but boyfriends living in the home with other mens children sure seem to be involved in a lot of these incidences.