Chris Brown believes young black men in America are negatively stereotyped. During an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife.com, Chris said he hopes young people ‘stay positive,’ despite the Trayvon Martin verdict.
Chris Brown urged young people to keep their heads up, following the Trayvon Martin verdict, when HollywoodLife.com spoke to the singer exclusively on July 20 at the WE US: Walk Everywhere in Unity’s Shoes Project.
Chris Brown Talks Trayvon Martin Verdict — Black Men Are Stereotyped
Just one day after President Barack Obama told the nation, in a heartfelt speech on July 19, that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” we asked the 24-year-old “Don’t Judge Me” singer about his thoughts on the not guilty verdict and if he thought the 17-year-old’s killer, George Zimmerman, was guilty of negative stereotyping.
“Being stereotyped is something I’m familiar with,” Chris told us, while wearing a T-shirt with Trayvon’s face on it as he gave out shoes to underprivileged and at-risk children in Compton. “You know, as a young entertainer, I’ve dealt with the slander [and] I’ve dealt with the good side of things.”
Chris, who says the black community is “not happy” with the verdict, also wants young people to learn from this unfortunate tragedy and he encourages them to stay positive and make good choices.
“Just keep your head up. For these young kids coming up, it’s all about the choices they make. It’s always going to be about the choices they make. They have to surround and be around a lot of people who are going to think positive. Everybody goes through different situations. Everybody struggles and everybody goes through their different problems. But it’s how you face it and how you react,” he says.
Trayvon, 17, was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. The prosecution claimed Trayvon was racially profiled, while the defense claimed George was defending himself while patrolling the neighborhood. A jury acquitted George of second-degree murder and of manslaughter charges on July 13, 2013.
Chris Brown Spends Weekend Serving Children In Compton
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, through his Symphonic Love Organization, Chris created WE US (Walk Everywhere In Unity’s Shoes) and gave away over one thousand pairs of new Reebok Classics to at-risk youth in Compton. His message is simple, yet speaks volumes. He wants to remind young people, especially those that have very little, that whenever and wherever they walk, they are a united community.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think young black men are negatively stereotyped in America?
— Eric Ray
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