On Sunday, Charles Barkley, speaking about Adrian Peterson's arrest for beating his four-year-old with a switch and leaving welts and bruises, said this: "I'm from the South. Whipping -- we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances." You can watch the full video below.Traditionally a criminal conviction usually requires showing mens rea, and that is probably absent in this case.
In a story published Monday, USAToday.com's Josh Peter writes that Peterson and childhood friend David Cummings still talk about one whipping in particular Peterson, then in middle school, received from his father.
Nelson Peterson received a call from school officials after Adrian had been disruptive in class. The father waited for the two boys near the school parking lot.
"His dad asked what happened, and Adrian told him," Cummings said. The elder Peterson then removed his belt and whipped Adrian in front of more than 20 students, according to Cummings.
"We still talk about it to this day," Cummings said. "My dad was tough, but his dad was real tough."
"When Adrian showed out or was bad, he got a whupping," his uncle, Greg Peterson told Peter....
"I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make."
The news media loves jumping on some stupid case like this. I just watched the Comedy Channel's Jon Stewart babble about Peterson, and he said:
This ain't Fermat's Last Theorem, which I may say is a notoriously difficult numerological proof concerning integer theory. I'll just give myself a wedgie.It is a difficult number theory proof, not a numerological proof. He was just babbling nonsense.
Sometimes I cannot tell whether Stewart really is a foolish racist liberal Jew, or he just pretends to be one for comedic appeal.
Now that the NFL is supposed to do its own prosecution of bad behavior, so are universities. The Obama administration is forcing colleges to abolish the notion of innocence until proven guilty, and here is the WSJ describing the latest:
Princeton University looks set to become the latest campus to curtail the due-process rights of students accused of sexual misconduct, including rape and other violent assaults. ...There is no need for this. If a crime has been committed on campus, just report it to the police like everyone else.
Such allegations would instead be handled by a three-person team acting as both investigators and jury. That trio would conduct separate interviews with the accuser, defendant and any other witnesses. Defendants would have no right to confront the accuser or other adverse witnesses. In a nod toward due process, the proposal stipulates that an accused student (as well as the accuser) would have the right to a lawyer, which is not the case under current policy. But the lawyer would be permitted to speak only to his client, not on his client's behalf.
The investigators would decide guilt or innocence, and a pair of deans would impose a sentence. The investigators would "have training in investigating and evaluating conduct prohibited under the policy," although precisely what kind of training is unspecified. We asked a university spokesman, who replied by email: "At this time it would not be appropriate to discuss what will or will not happen until the process is complete."