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John Legend says he worries for his family’s safety following George Floyd’s death

The singer explained that “the same thing” could happen to his loved ones.

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John Legend is speaking candidly about his fears following the death of George Floyd.

During a conversation on “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist,” the singer opened up about his reaction to the death of Floyd, an unarmed Black man that died at the hands of police brutality in Minneapolis. Legend explained that it’s hard not to imagine his own family in a similar situation after viewing the viral clip. “Well, we do see our family members when that happens,” he explained. “My younger brother has a son, who’s 19 or 20 years old, and I could see him in moments like that having a misunderstanding with officers.”

“I worry for, particularly once they hit a certain age and their body is deemed as threatening to other people, they could experience that same thing,” he continued.

Throughout his career, Legend has opened up about his experience raising biracial children with his wife Chrissy Teigen. He revealed that he will have a conversation with his kids regarding privilege in due time. “They’re too young right now, but eventually we’ll have to talk to them about what’s going on in this country,” he said during a conversation on “The Program.”

In addition to speaking out against racial injustices in America, Legend also dropped his latest album titled Bigger Love on Friday (June 19). The “Ordinary People” star confessed that although the project wasn’t written in response to racism, he is hopeful that it will spread positivity.

“I think we’ve seen so many images of Black people in mourning and outrage. I feel like this album is kind of an antidote to that,” he said. “Though this album wasn’t written in response to what happened just now, I think we could all use a lift right now and some love right now and some joy.”

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