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Fascination With Chris Brown Reflects Celebrity Valued Over Intellect


In my years, I have come to observe a transcendence of what is considered to be of value, interest and importance in the African American community in regards to what is worthy of attention. 

Let us take the addlebrained Chris Brown. It seems that Mr. Brown lacks any ability to control himself and the capacity to respect others or their property. This is indubitable from his predilection to beat on things that cannot fight back, whether it is an R&B singer in an auto or a glass window.

Some would say he beat his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, two years ago and that it should be a done deal. We are even openly happy when he is given a break by ABC when anyone else would be charged with vandalism. Then, there are those who wish to feel sorry for him as if he is a misunderstood and sensitive person. The truth is, if his actions are accurate, he is a spoiled and selfish child. Fanatical fans are upset because he may be prevented from performing on “Dancing with the Stars” or banned from ABC. 

But why is this the case? Why is it that idiots, such as the aforementioned Brown, are lauded and discussed as if they deserve the attention more than noting that the infant mortality rate in the African American community is about 15 deaths per 1,000 live births, which makes it equivalent to some developing nations?  Or as if he was the 13-year-old Stephen Stafford, who is an accomplished pianist and is in his second year at Morehouse College majoring in biology, computer science and mathematics. He is expected to graduate within three years and become a doctor specializing in infertility by the time he’s 22. Or as if he was a valuable commodity in the African American community like Emery Brown, an M.D., a Ph.D., and medical and scientific genius. 

Yes, Chris Brown is an idiot, and African Americans will always be at the bottom of the American social and economic ladder if we continue to attend to things that do not have much value, such as the psychopathy of a Chris Brown, instead of what truly requires and deserves our attention. –torrance stephens, ph.d.

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