Last week, NFL superstar running back Adrian Peterson was indicted and booked on charges of child abuse.
You may think this is a similar case to the recent Ray Rice domestic abuse saga. It’s easy to make that connection.
But it’s not entirely correct.
The vast majority of reasonable people in the world most likely find Rice’s actions deplorable.
However, the topic of physically disciplining your own children, while reprehensible to me personally, is much more of a gray area.
Retired NBA star Charles Barkley brought race and regionalism into the discussion:
As a parent, I can appreciate the “don’t tell me how to raise my kids” mentality. But…the way we are raising our children is not getting us charged with crimes.
The Adrian Peterson issue, even if the legal proceedings end where they are, is going to launch a painful, difficult conversation in America about how we care for our children. It’s going to bring in racial undertones. It’s going to play differently in different parts of the country. And it likely won’t be pretty.
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