John Legend Shows Us How to Be Pro-Black and Anti-Police Violence at the Same Time

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02:  Executive producer John Legend attends WGN America's "Underground" World Premiere on March 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for WGN America)

John Legend Shows Us How to Be Pro-Black and Anti-Police Violence at the Same Time

"We need peace in our streets."

Published July 8, 2016

John Legend, who has long used his platform for his activism, is standing up for the #BlackLivesMatter movement in a very strong way.

The artist is offering his stance that one perspective doesn’t cancel out the other, simultaneously standing up for Black lives AND against anti-police violence. Through his powerful messages, he is urging folks to restructure their thinking.

While discussing the violence that escalated during a peaceful protest last night (July 7) in Dallas, during which five police officers lost their lives, Legend has taken to Twitter to share his thoughts on the tragic situation. 

Former Congressmen Joe Walsh wrote on Twitter in response to the events, blaming President Obama and BLM for the violence. Legend responded, in a post that has since been deleted (but screenshotted), saying, “Joe Walsh needs to be arrested for threatening our President.”

"When you believe 'Real America' does not include the President of America, you might be a racist," Legend wrote. "Oh and Black Lives Matter activists are Real Americans too. Our ancestors more than paid for the right."

Legend went on to discuss how horrific the shootings in Dallas were, adding, “Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.”

“We should not have to jump through hoops to prove Black people shouldn’t be shot by police during routine traffic stops,” he continued.

In addition to discussing how he is both in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and against anti-police violence, he also called out the NRA, questioning if they are also for equal protection.

Read his passionate tweets below.

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for WGN America)


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