Op/Ed: Chris(tian) Brown?
Lately, Chris Brown has gained media attention once again for his use of the “f-word.” No not that “f-word,” the other one. Surprising, right?
Not really considering he’s become an integral part of Rap culture, a culture which is notorious for its misogyny and anti-gay ideals. I mean this is the Chris Brown who beat up Rihanna a few years back and threw a chair out of the window when Robin Roberts forced him to relive that incident, so his mindset is evident.
Is Brown acting on his own accord is he simply a product of his environment?
Rap culture represents an exaggerated point of view of many men out there: a point of view in which they are king and all others must follow suit, a point of view carried down from the days of the Bible.
Think about it. From the tattoos to the chains, most Rap-culture men have a devout and unwavering belief in The Most High; though their actions may say otherwise. However it’s no secret that African Americans represent one of the most religious groups in the country. Now what may be a secret is the connection between Christianity and certain ideals of Rap culture.
“Selective Christianity” is what I like to call it.
In recent years “progressive” media has come down hard on the messages delivered by rappers due to their overt hatred for certain groups and portrayal of women. However fifty years ago these same messages were deemed acceptable among mainstream culture and some Christians. Yet as more and more Americans lose their faith, the influence of the Bible is becoming less apparent and its supposed messages less impactful.
Therefore more individuals are seen as accountable for their own actions as opposed to their religion, which is a good thing as many have used to Bible for their own gain.
So is Chris Brown really to blame for his actions or was the influence of Rap culture to blame? Or better yet, were these ideals already there from his Christian background and merely given an outlet through Rap culture?
Notice I didn’t say Hip Hop in this entire passage as there is a difference between the two. I’m also fully aware that Chris Brown is a singer, but he’s most often associated with Rap culture as opposed to R&B.
Hopefully, the message of this passage is taken as an Op/ Ed and not an affront on Christianity. Just simply pointing out the ideals of Rap culture and showing the roots in Christianity.
It should also be noted that the most recent occurrence of hate speech is being denied by Brown’s camp, but the others still stand.
Born and raised in Petersburg, VA, Anthony works as a State Farm Account Representative in Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Insurance Operations Department. In his spare time he can often be found wandering aimlessly, with camera in tow, snapping away. He's also a member of, the Richmond-based, Fools Day Comedy Troupe. Read his personal blog here and follow him on Twitter.
AUKLAND, New Zealand — A New Zealand pastor has admitted to sending a hate-filled email to a prominent gay Christian author in which he tells the author he prays for him to commit suicide. Pastor Logan Robertson (left) says he prays that gay Christian author Jim Marjoram (right) will commit suicide. Logan Robertson of the Westcity Bible Baptist Churchin [...]December 8, 2014
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