09/26/2014 09:29 am ET Updated Sep 26, 2014

The NFL's Domestic Violence Problem And Our Race Problem

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Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald, Jonathan Dwyer.

We know what connects these men. They are all professional football players at the center of a national conversation about domestic and interpersonal violence. It is a conversation that has touched on the personal responsibility of the players, the corporate responsibility of the league, the role of the criminal justice system, the omnipresence of these forms of violence in our society, and the question of what can be done to prevent this violence—as well as who should be charged with spearheading that prevention.

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