R&B singer Chris Brown has taken to dissecting the issue of race in America in a recent magazine interview. The troubled star claims he still deals with “blatant racism” and went so far as to compare himself to slain teen Trayvon Martin and Southern slaves.
In the Jet Magazine interview, the annoyingly outspoken rapper discussed his relationship with the media, his views on rapper Jay-Z, former girlfriend Rihanna and explained his sympathy and ability to identify with 17-year-old Floridian Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012, later acquitted of second-degree murder charges, which sparked a wave of backlash in the US.
Said Brown in the interview: “I identify with Trayvon one-hundred percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism. 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**ers.”
Brown continued with the racial theme while discussing his issues with anger management, alluding to the treatment of slaves in the Antebellum South, saying “You have to go through the struggle before you can get to the good part. I don’t try to lash out at people, or be as mad or impulsive as I used to be…I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master, you feel me? I’ve taken my fair share of lashings.”
The rapper also remarked on his feelings towards Jay-Z, who Brown apparently feels “gets a pass” despite being involved in some rather unsavoury behaviour himself, saying “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.”