Saturday, July 3, 2010
Take a Second Look
I know this post is way over due,considering the BET awards were a few weeks back. On the last post I wrote for y'all titled "Redemption for a dancer" alot of you voiced your thoughts and opinions about the breathtaking performance by Chris Brown, but I never expressed my personal feelings and thoughts which spans far beyond Brown's performance on the BET awards.
Although domestic violence is an aversion to couples of any race , African Americans must see through the looking glass for a moment; according to the ABA(American Bar Association) African American females experience intimate partner violence at exceeding rates; 35% more that their white counterparts.
Being a young black female, I would like to know when will black men stop making us into percentage numbers for AIDS and domestic violence.After observing the swollen face of Rhianna plastered on white tabloid magazines,I came to the conclusion that black women have suffered enough, the wretched story of Saartjie Baartman to being stripped our dignity on slave auctioning blocks and hip-hop videos. However, I'm not persecuting black men in any form. There must be a better understanding between genders in the African Americans community.
Young Brothas such as Chris Brown(who witnessed abused since childhood) doesn't need criticism from their own race, but rather help. In most cases, young brothas are too ashamed or securely wrapped into hypermasculinty to seek mental health counseling.
I latterly came to the fact the BET (Black Entertainment Television) did very little to profess the dangers of relationship violence to their young viewers. If the network accepts the role as the unofficial paragon for young black America, then their must be quality programing within its schedule.
I think it's far-fetched deeming Chris Brown as the poster boy for domestic abused.
of course, he badly injured a black woman and for that he should be punished. Community service did not fit the crime. Nonetheless, Chris Brown should be allowed to carry on his career the same as Charlie Sheen, who assulted his wife with a butchers knife. The appalling news about Sheens maniacal actions did not receive media attention of Chris Brown's proportion.
African Americans must understand that Chris Brown and Rhianna are celebrities;their lives are the subject of gossip magazines and tabloids. The black public cannot follow media hype and come to their own conclusions. Our real argument here is not crucifying Chris Brown, but rather the American media.
Since our fist Black president took his place in the whitest establishment ever known to the human existence, he has been scrutinized more than any other president. In addition, the media and the public hardly ever addresses him as president Obama. It's all too blatant that the media is on a quest to destroy the image of black men; for example, the unethical punisnment of Micheal Vick and the insignificant news coverage of Tiger Wood's extra marital affairs.
In my view, applauding Chris Brown's performance didn't mean the black public were dispelling the fact that a black man abused a black woman and damaged her psychologically,but enjoys a comeback story. Maybe Chris Brown's tears were a cry for help.