(AllHipHop News) R&B star John Legend has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump. Back in 2016, he said about the then-presidential candidate, “I would speak out on any election but I think it is even more urgent now because we have someone running for office whose you know a major party candidate who is so dangerous I think for the world and this country.”
Legend found himself in a dicey situation after his longtime friend/collaborator Kanye West came out in full support of Trump on Twitter this week. The “Green Light” singer reacted to Ye’s internet-breaking show of love to the POTUS.
I imagine there’s some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn’t exist. If history is erased, we don’t have to deal with its consequences. However… Far too many people don’t have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can’t act like what they see and know doesn’t exist. They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear. They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James. I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can’t be blind to the truth. The defining trait of Trump’s campaign and political profile was his embrace of white supremacy. He made it clear every time he spoke. Some serious cognitive dissonance to ignore that for the other x% you might find appealing. I guess I agree with >1% of anyone’s thoughts though. Anyway, y’all need to come to Montgomery and see this memorial.
Previously, Legend called West’s 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the President-Elect a “publicity stunt.” The G.O.O.D. Music affiliate also expressed he was “pretty disappointed” that Kanye said he would have voted for Trump.