After a Pennsylvania golf club (the Grandview Gold Club) called the police on a group of black women for playing ‘too slowly,’ singer John Legend took to Twitter to ask that people stop unnecessarily calling the police on black people for simply living their lives.
“Please stop calling the police on black people who are just trying to live,” Legend tweeted. “Please. Stop. Police shoot us for no f**king reason at all. Please. Stop.”
Please stop calling the police on black people who are just trying to live. Please. Stop. Police shoot us for no fucking reason at all. Please. Stop. https://t.co/HOqZ6t76ca— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 23, 2018
Predictably, Legend received many criticisms for his words but that’s irrelevant as many stood by Legend’s side.
“And, on top of what @johnlegend said: stop being racist,” one user tweeted. “White supremacy must end. White people who call the police on Black people for no reason — purely because those callers are racist — must ‘police’ their own minds, look in the mirror and ask, ‘what the hell is wrong with me?’”
“I agree! The police should issue fines in cases like these to the abusers of 911,” another tweeted. “Calling the police on POC for silliness is a form of terror tactics and the abusers of the system are using it to enforce discriminatory practices.”
Regardless of what anyone says, Legend told The Atlantic that he will keep living his truth and advocating for what he believes in.
“What I end up doing is just saying what I believe,” he told the Atlantic. “It’s much easier as an artist to be truthful about how I feel than it is to try to sugarcoat and make everyone feel so comfortable.”