“This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as ni**as,” he asserts.
The suggestion is clear: If he were white, he wouldn’t be in some of the trouble he’s gotten into. But racism alone doesn’t come close to explaining his behavior.
Despite an arguably difficult childhood, Brown benefited hugely from the many doors that were opened for him and allowed him to develop his talent.
Think back to the Chris Brown before that fateful night in February 2009; he was everybody’s darling and well respected. But what he did to Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys was reckless, cruel, unconscionable, and very nearly could have killed her.
Still, he doesn’t see it that way. “No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that [Jay Z] stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass,” he tells the magazine.
Jay-Z pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in 1999 for stabbing record producer Lance “Un” Rivera. The beef was over record bootlegging.
What Jay-Z did hardly rises to the same level as beating a woman unconscious and leaving the scene. For all he knew, she could have been dead.
What’s more, Brown is still serving five-years probation. Zay-Z was sentenced to, and successfully completed, three years probation and hasn’t been in any trouble since.
In contrast, Brown has been involved in several other incidents and outbursts. He was also accused of gaming his community service to avoid putting in the required hours, which landed him back in court and led to even more community service time.
In the ultimate denial, he sees himself as another Trayvon Martin. “I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism,” he says.
Then comes more self-pity: “I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master, you feel me?” he says. “I’ve taken my fair share of lashings.”
No one like George Martin is stalking Brown. If he looks over his shoulder, he would only see himself to blame.
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