John Legend penned a lengthy essay
on Sunday for Slate.com, where he addressed the
recent NFL protests and the meaning of patriotism.
John begins his essay by directly attacking the President of
the United States, Donald Trump and how he fails to respect
“Trump may love the flag, but he doesn’t love
anything it’s supposed to stand for. He actively encouraged a hostile foreign
power to infiltrate our electoral process. He wants to suppress millions of
Americans’ right to vote because they didn’t vote for him. He routinely
undermines freedom of religion with his rabid Islamophobia, attacks the free
press with disturbing regularity, and is now attacking the rights of the people
to peacefully protest,” John wrote.
John then elaborated on the importance of protests are and how they give people a voice.
“Protest has played a critically important role in elevating the voices of the most vulnerable in our nation. Protest in America has been essential to ending war, to demanding equal rights, to ending unfair practices that keep citizens marginalized. If we quell protest in the name of patriotism, we are not patriots. We are tyrants.”
The 38-year-old singer also highlighted his points by looking back at all of the prolific and “iconic” protests that happened in our country’s history.
“Protests in Selma, Alabama, changed the trajectory of this nation and catapulted the Voting Rights Act into being,” he shared.
Luna’s father ends his essay by revealing that he would also take a knee on Sundays, “Because these conversations are necessary for progress.”
To read John Legend’s essay in full, click here.
— Kevin Zelman
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