“Some Redemption for Chris Brown” was the headline in our local paper. Singer, dancer, pop artist Chris Brown appeared in concert over the weekend. He is talented and a heart throb among teens but the artist and I have had tension.
This summer, my husband, teen daughter and I stood in Rockefeller Plaza, waiting for Chris Brown to perform live on the Today show. Honestly, I struggled with being there.
Chris Brown is the artist who made his recording debut in 2005. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to felony assault for attacking his then girlfriend, pop star Rhianna. According to reports, she sustained visible facial injuries, a bloody nose and bite marks on her arms.
My daughter and I have discussed Chris Brown many times. There is NEVER a reason for a man to physically abuse a woman. For that matter, women have no excuse to physically attack men either. My daughter has worked with me and the women in domestic violence shelters. She has heard their stories of physical abuse, witnessed their scars and the family destruction. So I didn’t want to support a pop star who beat up his girlfriend.
But here’s what made me change my mind. As we were discussing the Chris Brown situation, my daughter said, “Mom, you believe in redemption right? You believe people can change because you help them do that. Do you believe Chris brown could be repentant and change? Maybe we should give him a chance and support him for trying to change his life. ”
I couldn’t argue with that! We’ve all made mistakes. We all need grace and mercy to correct our mistakes and try again. So here is hoping that Chris Brown has learned from his mistakes, is getting therapy and will use his incredible talent for good.
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