John Legend is taking a stand against racism.
On Wednesday, the singer performed at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles as part of A&E Networks' and iHeartMedia's Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America which aims to promote equality and tolerance.
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The All Of Me artist spoke to USA Today about his involvement with the event and his own experience with prejudice.
The 36-year-old discusses how the US's history of slavery has affected today's race relations.
He said :
"This nation was founded with slavery as an integral part of the economy and the legal structure and the society, and we've never been able to shake the problem of race and racism since then. And, you know, every time people say we're in a post-racial era, reality comes and kind of shows them that we're not. And a lot of times, I feel like we don't want to deal with the root issues — what centuries of slavery and decades of segregation in housing and schools and decades of unequal treatment by the justice system has done."
The Ohio-native even mentions an incident that happened to him when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
"(In college) I used to get asked to show my ID to get in my car because they suspected I might be trying to steal my own car. And to me, in the story of my life, that's a minor thing, but for some people that interaction goes wrong and you read about them on the news. And the fact that black men have to deal with that level of suspicion at all times, no matter if they're Ivy League or what — you know I'm an Ivy League student going to school in West Philadelphia and they treat me like a criminal. That level of suspicion that's attached to all of us because of our skin color is a heavy burden to carry all the time. And because of that, there's often a lot of mistrust and there's a lot of resentment that we see boil over sometimes into these uprisings."
We just hope discussing race issues will lead to acceptance and understanding for all individuals!
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