Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis earlier this month. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)
Adrian Peterson’s indictment exposes the changing views on child abuse. Peterson, a running back with the Minnesota Vikings, was charged last week with “negligent injury to a child” for an incident in which he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch. If Peterson is convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. But Peterson, who acknowledged his father whooped him as a child, is being punished for a behavior that was widely accepted in black culture.