John Legend’s Public Political Activism

John Legend took to Twitter yesterday to express his opinions in relation to the recent fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

In three separate tweets, Legend blatantly discussed his anger and frustration in regards to the police brutality that has escalated in the United States in recent days. Such brutality has been specifically issued towards black individuals.

His tweets are as follows:

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

“We have fucking video proof and some of you still are all “well, uh, he shouldn’t have moved his left leg so provocatively.”

“So many people work so hard to find a reason why executing a human being during a routine traffic stop is ok. IT’S NOT OK.”

Legend was not the only celebrity to use social media as a means to spread awareness and educate persons about the tragic shootings of these black men. Drake posted an open letter he composed to his public Instagram page, and explained in such post how the violence occurring towards black individuals in recent years is similar to the violence that occurred decades ago when racism was at its height.

I personally watched the video footage of the shootings of both Sterling and Castile in order to ensure I was able to speak about the issue accurately. Although both videos are violent and disturbing, they are real, and they are undeniable evidence of the police brutality being directed towards black people throughout America.

I saw a quote on Instagram about the violence that has occurred within these past few days. It read “If you are not angry, then you are not paying attention,” and I do not think there could be another quote that addresses this increasing problem more precisely.


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