Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chris Brown Demolishes His "Clean Cut" Image And Black Folks Need To Hold Him Accountable For His Abusive Behavior

If the current media reports turn out to be even remotely true, Chris Brown has committed an inexcusable and extremely violent physical assault. One of his sponsors has already fled and right now, a good portion of his audience needs to join that sponsor, particularly all the little black teenage girls that have made his career a big deal at this point.

I don't care what they were arguing about, I don't care if she pushed him or got in his face, I don't care if she was talking trash, beating and battering someone so severely that they are bleeding and bruised, then leaving them by the side of the road is absolutely, positively unacceptable, PERIOD.

Chris Brown was clearly out of control and he needs to get some professional help. He also needs to be prosecuted. After doing all of that first, then he can get on the fake-ass celebrity apology tour and start rebuilding his career. R. Kelly's bullshit was beyond enough, no free passes for kicking a black woman's ass on a public street for Chris Brown. I'm sorry, that will not do. No sir!


Marrell February 10, 2009 at 3:03 AM  

Preach PT. I agree with you 100%.The more I read about this the more disgusted I am. Not just by the story but by the commenters on other blogs. People are doing everything from laughing at the situation, to making excuses for him, insulting her by calling her "island trash". Even more disappointing is that these are women. How is anything in this situation funny? I just don't get it. What a terrible situation all around.

ActsofFaithBlog February 10, 2009 at 3:26 AM  

Well the excusers and deniers are out in full force. He may end up getting prosecuted for something but already a big chunk of the Black community is ready to write this one off.

lincolnperry February 10, 2009 at 6:22 AM  

Wow, kinda harsh professor...there are lot more people I would like to see prosecuted than Chris Brown.

What I want to know is...what did she do to provoke an ass kicking?

I just want to know?

msladydeborah February 10, 2009 at 6:38 AM  

I agree with you 100% on this Professor Tracey.

There is no excuse for this type of behavior period. Chris Brown needs to have his ass whipped for conducting himself in this manner.

Selena February 10, 2009 at 8:38 AM  

ITA with everything you said Prof Tracey. I don't think Chris realizes its Black History Month LOL (just messing you).

As usual he's receiving some support from a lot of black folks (conspiracy theories concerning his career, she gave him an STD, she's just jealous because he's cheating on her, da hayel?).

BTW why do bp question a bw's virtue in situations like this? So the next time someone cries about ww protectionism we all need to reflect on this case. When this happens to them there is zero tolerance. They get support from both white men and white women.

If we're serious about receiving the same or better levels of respect we can't let anything slip thru the cracks no matter what color the accuser is!!

ch555x February 10, 2009 at 9:20 AM  

I usually don't get into celebrity drama, so I wait until all of the details are in before passing judgement. Who knows what went down inside that relationship.

C. Baptiste-Williams February 10, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

seeing that neither him or rihanna has even spoken out about this maybe we should wait before casting judgement.

Boca Flaca February 10, 2009 at 9:40 AM  

Right! If i hear one more person trying to justify what he did by asking what SHE did to HIM, i'm going to scream.

gimme a f*ckin break....

Christopher Chambers February 10, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

First, I think if Rihanna was just some girl his handlers picked up for him, none of this would be news. Second, I think she's going to be a good witness. Yes, it may involve skeletons in her closet coming out, but hey--he could have killed her and she's no good to HER label beaten up. Marc geragos--celebrity atty to scumbags like Scott Peterson, Michael jackson et al is his lawyer. Lord so this will be on larry King now?
He and Rihanna are spoiled kids now, living ina bubble. Spoiled kids who used to be nothing. Especially Chris. So you can take the boy out of the dirt south (ok Virginia) bamma but you can't take the bamma out the boy? How many times have we seen that despite the cultivated image? He beats her till horn like welts are raised, he bites her?
Hell with him. Send him to jail. And let her lecture our young girls about pride and standing for something besides sticking with some idiot. Again, neither Chris NOR her got the Michelle and Barack memo...

Professor Tracey February 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

@Everyone -

Let me be clear here AGAIN folks, there is NOTHING Chris Brown can say accept SORRY! It is fact that he beat this girl up, there is NO excuse that will make that okay. EVER!

This exposes something wrong about the thinking of black people. If this was some ordinary negro off the street and he beat your momma this way - you would not be saying WAIT and SEE!

Unless this child pulled a gun on him, he had no business putting his hands on her, PERIOD!!!!!

Rj February 10, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

I couldn't even comment on this post when you first posted it. I had too much to say so I wrote about it at my site. However, when I came back there were 10 comments here

what did she do to provoke an ass kicking?

Why do people always ask dumb shit like this? What is the answer that will make this all justifiable?

Is this question asked when men fight men? I don't know.

Is it wrong because he "hit a woman" or because he assaulted someone, period?

This is the mess, more welcome to Black history month, more of the change we weren't looking for...

RainaHavock February 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM  

I was waiting to get the whole story before I made a decision and now i can honestly say he never got any money from me and he won't in the future. I'm not a Rhianna fan but I hope she pulls threw this. This is a cycle for both of them. Chris grew up watching his stepfather beating the crap out of his mother starting when he was very young and then Rhianna father was on drugs so he might have abused her mother as well. He shouldn't have beaten her bloody blue unless like you said she had a gun on him and he was defending himself. I hope both party gets help but seriously I'm still SMDH on this one. What a way to come into black history month.

Untouched Jewel February 10, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

I agree Professor Tracy that this is a serious situation for a 19 year old young guy to hit a young lady such as Rihanna. I say it's disturbing on all sides, due to the fact that not only Chris Brown hit her, but the fact that that her publicist people were trying to go above and beyond the call of duty to "conjure up" a story saying that she was in a car accident. And before her "people" could even tell that lie, the story already broke. SMH.
I say whatever happened with them, THEY BOTH NEED COUNSELING. Domestic violence is nothing to play with, because so many woman die at the hands of an abuser.
I feel that not only should he be chastized for his actions, we as a people need to pray for him as well. Pray that God can show him that his actions were unexcusable and that he can in turn learn a valuable lesson from it all.

Joshua February 10, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

I was going to hold my peace until I saw that someone ask what she did to him to deserve that. As my mentor knows, I am a 6'6 young black man with a quick temper. With that said, I HAVE NEVER PUT MY HANDS ON A WOMAN, PERIOD. I have been hit physically, mentally and emotionally assaulted by women, and never retaliated.

There is no excuse for what he did or allegedly did. I take real offense to anyone trying to justify what he has done. I have family members who has been in abusive relationships, and I know what the outcome is. It is by the grace of God I have not seriously hurt someone for putting there hands on family. With that said, if he want to hit someone, tell him to put his hands on a male who physically can kick his ass and see if he do it.

Megan February 10, 2009 at 4:58 PM  

Forgive me for yelling but, CHRIS BROWN HAS NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER!

We're never going to be able to look ourselves in the mirror as a people, with a clear conscience, until we condemn this kind of crap. Loudly, and often.

Selena February 10, 2009 at 5:50 PM  

Unless this child pulled a gun on him, he had no business putting his hands on her, PERIOD!!!!!

Spot on!!

Kim February 10, 2009 at 7:21 PM  

That was shocker to me. He seemed like such a nice guy with a clean cut image. I remembered the young lady with the 4.5 GPA he surprised(She should be heralded as a celebrity with a 4.5 GPA) on Oprah who is or probably was a big fan of him. His mom needs to whup is @$$ if he put his hands on anyone which looks like it's the case as new things develop in the story.

LorMarie February 10, 2009 at 7:39 PM  

Words cannot describe how happy I was when my niece declared that she no longer likes Chris Brown because "he's stupid." Personally, I hope that Brown is prosecuted and his career destroyed.

Shady_Grady February 10, 2009 at 8:50 PM  

If he's convicted he should get whatever punishment he deserves. Right now, though he's not been convicted. I've never heard his music so I'm no fan. I do think that depending on how popular he is, even if he is guilty as sin, people who like his music will still enjoy it just like countless other bad behaving artists throughout the years.

lena February 10, 2009 at 11:43 PM  

Not an excuser or denier, but I gotta say this post is a little too harsh for me. Why? Because, if the reports are true, Chris Brown was himself beaten severely by his stepfather (and watched his mother daily, for years, be beaten by this same man) from the time he was 8 years old until about 13years old. His mother didn't leave the abuser and stayed so the ids ended up seeing the beatings - and accepting it as reality of behavior between mena dn women. Those young years are the formative years and everything that happens, kids take in. Unfortunately, in his case, the violence is a learned behavior, on top of the fact that CB seems to have some real pent-up rage that he needs therapy for.

I know, I know..plenty of people get beaten and abused and don't hurt a fly (just take LL Cool J, who was a victim of abuse atthe hands of his father and whose mother was a victim of attempted murder when she was shot several times by her husband/LL's father).

BUT everyone reacts to things differently, depending upon our sensibilities. Some people need good grades to fell important, other's could care less and couldn't be happir dancing the night away with the NY Ballet - it's all in how we take things.

I feel bad about this whole situation, number one because of what Rhianna had to suffer, but also because CB is so young and this could be the start of alifelong pattern if he doesn't receive EFFECTIVE counseling.

This all just says to me that it's time we learn how to treat children in our society to avoid generations of violence.

GoldenAh February 10, 2009 at 11:52 PM  

R. Kelly urinates and does whatever to an underage girl: old black women were his biggest fans and defenders. Same thing happened with Mike Tyson and whatever-black-female-he-attacked. Color me skeptical about any harm to ol' Chrissy B.'s career.

What does this mean? Black people are virulently misogynistic. Civil Rights may be "our" common cause, but folks don't look at "women's rights" as a black female issue.

Even animals have PETA to back them up. What do black women have? Stupid and insensitive morons asking what a black woman did in order to be beaten.

How 'bout we ask that next time a cop busts a cap in a black man's ass? Right? Most are up to no good, so they must have instigated these incidents.

lena February 11, 2009 at 12:05 AM  

and by no means does CB compare to R. Kelly.

While what he has done to Rhianna is absolutely wrong, and he needs to pay for his abuse, he has no long history of making girls and women his victim like R. Kelley has been accused of. He is not some 39 year old pimp-wannabe who has victimized or sexually assaulted any girls, so I think that is a totally unfair comparison. In fact, up until this point, his whole history has been squeaky clean. This is an unfortunate wrong turn in his life, and maybe early intervention can help this young, 19 year old man from becoming an R. Kelly.

And hopefully, Rhianna will get counseling as well on how to use better judgment in the men she chooses to date. I wish Rhianna only the best.

Professor Tracey February 11, 2009 at 12:12 AM  

@Lena -

Harsh? So, let me get this straight, if were abused in the past and decide to beat the living daylights out of your girlfriend, we need to cut you some slack?

I'm sorry Lena, but that dog don't hunt. Tons of people suffer abuse, emotional and physical, but they don't go around losing the handle and assaulting people.

What you say might be true, but it doesn't change the fact that Chris Brown needs to be prosecuted and suffer some public shame. That's called being an adult.

lena February 11, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

Prof. Tracey-

No, I didn't say to cut CB any slack, and he should pay for what he's done, as I said. I'm just saying that counseling and therapy is a better option for him than total lockdown and permanent public shame. If he doesn't get help, then the next girl he dates, and women as he gets older, will suffer the same fate at his hands. We can yell and scream and name-call all day long, and even lock him up for a few years. But at age 19, he would be out with plenty of young, healthy, and strong years left to beat on the next woman. Noone ever wants to look at the bigger picture - these acts of violence continue because the real issue is avoided - and that is how we treat our children.

Would I make this argument for anybody who committed domestic violence? Hecks no! But I think that because CB seems to have had a history of real decency before this (unlike R. Kelley), and because he is still so young, options other than just prosecution and public humiliation need to be considered - for the safety of the next woman, and for the mental health of CB

ActsofFaithBlog February 11, 2009 at 4:52 AM  


You are an excuser and a denier. When you commit assault you should go to jail. He's old enough to have figured out whether he had a temper and could have gone to a therapist. R Kelly is older and last time I checked he started molesting under-aged girls years ago. With Aaliyah he was 25 and I'm sure she wasn't the first one by then. If Chris Brown doesn't take responsibility NOW he never will. Black women should stop making excuses and giving second chances to damaged Black men. It's their problem and responsibility to fix, not the woman's. They need to find another outlet for their hatred of Black women and their rage.

Rj February 11, 2009 at 8:09 AM  

lena--how do we "treat our children?"

Also, on counseling on "better judgment on men she chooses to date"? If you just asserted that Chris had no previous record, how was Rihanna supposed to know?

And lastly, stats (if you believe them) show that the majority of previously abused do not grow up to be abusers, but those that do abuse, there is often previous abuse present in their youth. There is a choice.

La♥Incognita February 12, 2009 at 8:38 AM  

PT, well done.

LorMarie, my daughter is 11, and she took Chris Brown's photos off her phone after I told her about this (well she heard some of it in school first). I was surprised because I didn't have to tell her to do it, she was so disappointed. I now know I'm doing a good job, even if it's just in my home.

I have zero tolerance for black female abusers and the people who pacify the behaviors of these abusers.

lena February 12, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

OK, well obviously y'all don't agree with/understand my opinion, but whether you understand it or not, I am in no way defending/excusing/denying the gravity of Chris Brown's actions. I would be the last person to do that.
Whether you can see it or not, my post is 100% in defense of the Rhianna's of the world and other black women. Sorry if you don't get it.

What I have said is that we can keep being mad and angry, and wishing for the abuser to be buried under the jail to teach him a lesson (I'm all for jail and castration, if you've read any of my other opinios). But I think it has to be addressed that the overall societal problem of abuse against women is being taught to youth, such as Chris Brown). The fact that abuse such as this continues, proves that just throwing them in jail or publicly humiliating domestic abusers DOESN'T WORK. Number 1, most don't stay in jail that long in comparison to the crime they did (unless they actually murder the woman and even then many are not jailed long enough), number 2 jail is NOT and never has been rehabilitative - most will come out to date/marry/shack-up-with your mother/daughter/female cousins etc. and do the EXACT SAME THING AGAIN (meaning beat them or kill them), and finally, all this means that WE end up suffering from the same abuse that so many of us have suffered for years. I think people need to look at the overall, bigger picture and try to find solutions from there. Many of us DO need to stop abusing our children - we need to place some blame on abusive "parents" who are responsible for turning their kids into monsters, IMHO. We also have to look at a culture that glorifies violence against woman - we definitely have that in the U.S. and the Black community specifically. It has to stop before we can expect young Black men to stop doing "Chris Brown's" on women.

Yes, i definitely feel bad that at an age as young as 19 years old, Chris Brown (who seemed like a decent kid)is already expressing what he's been taught - from his parents and from popular music culture. I never once said I feel bad for him because he's a "black man" or "male", cuz I don't. I feel bad to see a KID with so much potential, and who seemed decent, go down a terrible route in life because of the ignorance he's absorbed at home and in his line of work.

And I have never told anybody what they should or shouldn't post. I just express my opinion about how I feel about a post. Ya'll need to calm down.

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