10 Questions I Want Those Defending Adrian Peterson’s Brutal Beating of His 4-Year-Old Son to Answer

A Vikings fan poses wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey while holding a stick before Sunday's game against the Patriots. Photo: Getty Images

A Vikings fan poses wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey while holding a stick before Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Photo: Getty Images

Since the news broke about Adrian Peterson’s indictment on charges that he brutally beat his 4-year-old son with a wooden stick, I’ve been both shocked and appalled at how many people have actually come out in defense of his horrific actions.

While I understand that corporal punishment is often a controversial topic, I honestly didn’t think I’d see the support I’ve seen for a man who whipped a defenseless 4-year-old child so badly that the boy actually bled on multiple areas of his body, and had open wounds a week later.

And while there’s definitely been a lot of heated debate from both sides on this issue, I’ve honestly yet to see anyone defending Peterson offer up any logical or rational defense for his actions.

So I thought I’d present his supporters with 10 questions I want them to answer to help me (and those who agree with me that this was clearly child abuse) understand how they justify this savage beating of a 4-year-old child.

1) What behavior might a 4-year-old exhibit that you feel would warrant the child being beaten to the point that they bled, and had wounds on multiple areas of their body?

2) If we were talking about Adrian Peterson’s daughter, and not his son, would you still feel the same way?

3) You do understand that there’s a difference between spanking a child and assaulting one with a weapon, right?

4) If a parent beating a 4-year-old child so badly that the child bleeds doesn’t constitute child abuse, what does?

5) If you believe that “because this is how I was raised” is deemed a valid excuse to beat a child, then do you accept racism and bigotry by those who would also claim that’s “how they were raised”?

6) Decades ago, very young girls were often legally married off to much older men. You do realize that simply because we’ve done something in the past, doesn’t mean that we  should still keep doing it in the future, correct? Just because you were whipped with wooden sticks as a child doesn’t mean that we should continue using weapons to beat our children.

7) If an adult would go to jail for doing something to an adult – like beating one with a wooden stick until they bled and had multiple wounds all over their body – why should it be legal for an adult to do that to a defenseless 4-year-old child?

8) Do you feel it’s appropriate to beat a child with a weapon so severely that the marks are still easily seen a week later?

9) When you were beaten as a child, did you actually learn to respect the parent beating you with a wooden stick, or did you fear the beating?

10) If four years old isn’t too young to brutally beat a child with a wooden stick, exactly what age is too young to beat a child with some kind of a weapon?

Those are the questions I want answered. Because while I’ve seen a lot of people who seem to have no problem with what he did to his 4-year-old son, I’ve yet to see any explanation that makes sense from his supporters pertaining to any of these questions.

Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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