BLACK VOICES
09/18/2014 04:38 pm ET Updated Sep 18, 2014

Punishment Or Child Abuse?

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The indictment last week of the N.F.L. player Adrian Peterson by a Texas grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child has set into relief the harmful disciplinary practices of some black families. Mr. Peterson used a “switch,” a slim, leafless tree branch, to beat his 4-year-old son, raising welts on the youngster’s legs, buttocks and scrotum. This is child abuse dressed up as acceptable punishment.

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