Photo Image: Billboard

Photo Image: Billboard

Singer John Legend is proving that he is indeed a man of many talents. He just garnered a Golden Globe nomination for the song, Glory, an honor he shares with his equally talented collaborator, Common. Glory, is the stirring anthem for Selma, the upcoming film by Ava Duvernay about the life of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King.

Legend recently penned a poignant piece for Billboard about the current racial climate in America, and references the experience of being associated with Selma and how that has impacted his view of recent events,

“As I watched the final version of Selma, I did so with the backdrop of the streets of many of our major cities filled with protesters, crying out for justice after yet another unarmed Black person’s life was taken by the police with impunity. After the events of the past few weeks, in Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island; Phoenix; and Cleveland, things feel eerily the same. While it is important to recognize and acknowledge racial progress through the years, it is also clear that we are far from King’s dream of equality and justice for all.”

Legend goes on to write about the challenges gripping the Black community and how they have manifested in ways that have ultimately stalled progress and hampered potential opportunities for enhancement due to economic disparities.

‘We still have a huge wealth gap rooted in decades of job, wage and housing discrimination.”“African-American communities are being crushed by a criminal justice system that over-polices us, over-arrests us, over-incarcerates us and disproportionately takes the lives of our unarmed youth because of the simple fact that our skin, our blackness, conjures the myth of a hyper-violent negro.”

Finally the eloquent singer praises the efforts of the protesters who are steadfast in their demand for justice and equality, and echoes the sentiment that change can only be achieved by public persuasion. “We can’t wait for gradual and incremental change. Our government is a democracy, by the people and for the people. It is time for the people to wake up, stand up and demand change.”

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  • Bob

    I wish people that prefer to give their wealth away to non Blacks would STFU about race relations and Black people. If they were so interested in helping the Black community they would have done what ever other disenfranchised group did….keep their money within their own community which helps to fortify it instead of using that money to make the foundations of other races stronger. Jewish men were not giving their money away to non Jews while they were still being persecuted, they only recently started to marry out because they gained power which was their objective.

    • Khrish

      If you have no interest, why did you come here to read it?

    • Bob

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    • Khrish

      just as I suspected.

    • Bob

      If you suspected I would think the asinine refuse you posted didn’t deserve a real reply why did you post to get my attention in the first place? Some people need attention and validation so badly….Any who, off count air molecules…..Feel free to keep trying to get attention from me.

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  • D1Mind

    What on earth is ‘race relations’ and why is that being used instead of terms like ‘systematic oppression’ or ‘systematic racism’? Race relations implies that this about how different ‘races’ get along in a social context. But that has nothing to do with it. This is just a diversionary tactic used to minimize the issue and make it seem as if that blacks cant just ‘get along’ with people. Systematic oppression is systematic oppression, whether overt, covert or any other means.

    • Khrish

      Why do you care. Upon whom do you depend?

    • Objection

      The real question is why do you care? Answer, D1Mind spoke the truth and the truth hurts.

    • Telena

      I agree. Race relations are White people’s way of toning down oppression.

  • Me

    i don’t remember who said it on another post, but this is another case of “talking black and sleeping white”. i wonder if john is having in depth convos w/his inlaws about these “race relations”.

    • Telena

      His wife is Asian, not White. But I still agree with you.

    • Me

      his wife is also white. she’s only half asian.