Domestic abuse scandal…

Dr. MDomestic abuse 2ichael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire commented that black talking heads are scrambling to define their view of the wife and child abuse scandal currently blowing up the NFL.  While on the one hand they want to appear appropriately horrified at the beatings, whippings, and blows to the head, on the other they wish to set the context in which many black men are raised, one quite tolerant, even encouraging of violence toward family members as a means of ‘discipline.’  Their quandary is redoubled by needing to deliver the first view without totally castigating their black brothers, and the other view without appearing to offer excuses for such bad behavior.

Female talking heads of color have an even tougher path, as they must protect their gender first and foremost, protect their race as a secondary priority, and all the while protect the image of the black athletes.Domestic abuse 4

Clearly most black commentators are uncomfortable with this scandal since many know from personal experience that domestic violence is a characteristic of the black community. Many commentators have alluded to being disciplined by their parents in such fashion, leaving open the answer to the question ‘where does discipline leave off and abuse begin’?  This is a question that requires answering by all races, all societies, and all nations.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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