John Legend on nationwide BLM protests “People had every right to be outraged”

GMA reports John Legend weighed in on the nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death while appearing on “Good Morning America” on Friday.

The singer, 41, called Floyd’s death “a tragic killing” that was “horrible” and “painful” to watch.

“It inspired a lot of outrage, a lot of mourning, not only here in the United States but around the world,” he said. “People had every right to be outraged and every right to protest, and I think the hopeful thing that comes from this moment of tragedy is that so many people came together to say we really need to change the system.”

“Hopefully we’ll have the tenacity and the persistence to stick with demanding that our leaders make real fundamental change in the way that we relate to police, in the way we relate to our jails and prisons in this country,” he continued.

Legend, who previously shared messaging on his social media platform urging his followers to defund the police, also shared his thoughts on how to change the system.

“We’ve spent too much money and too much of our societal energy on policing people, on locking people up,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll move from that era into a more safe and healthier era where we really invest in the things that are our communities need to heal and get better.”

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