September 16th, 2009
08:12 PM ET

John Legend on AC360° tonight

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David Doss
AC360° Senior Executive Producer

John Legend is on 360° tonight. Yes, that John Legend, the Grammy award-winning singer. He e-mailed Anderson and me this morning about our show last night. He had some strong thoughts about the discussion we had last night after former President Carter made remarks connecting  recent protests and Congressman Joe Wilson – the South Carolina Republican who shouted, “You Lie” at President Obama — and concluded racism is bubbling to the surface of American politics. Our debate was spirited and—no surprise—today the debate over the former President’s remarks has only grown louder.

And that brings me back to John Legend… He worries about the town halls and the tea parties and where we are headed. He’s done a lot of thinking about all of this, so we invited him to join our panel tonight with David Gergen, conservative activist Nick Lott and CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin…and he said yes.

Filed under: 360° Radar • David Doss • Race in America • Raw Politics
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Susie

    Whatever ;you do, please don't have that obnoxious tea party person, Mark Williams, again. Lord, I can not stand his expressions. He just wants attention.

    September 17, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  2. Chris Chin

    im glad that John Legend is using his status and an entertainer to voice out his opinion on the matter cause racism is still here today. and another thing i hope John points out is the inner racism thats spreading through social networking sites like facebook and twitter after he whole kanye scandal durning the vma's. as much as people are saying thats topic is less important than health care or taxes, its a huge factor in america because we all live in it; whites, blacks, mexicans, and asians myself if we can see past each others differences how are we going to agree on achieving the same goals

    September 17, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  3. Carol

    John Legend is not only a talented singer and composer; he knows when to speak up. I agree with his concern about the "bubbling of racism." Sure other presidents have been criticized. The protesters have ridiculed our present president from the minute President Obama has been voted in. I wish TV would stop giving that small racist group of people so much time. I pray for a MIRACLE!!

    September 17, 2009 at 3:28 am |
  4. UNo

    That’s what I’m talking about! THANK YOU!

    CNN, Larry King, Anderson Cooper : FINALLY! People with varying views (even had some Tea Party folks of color – love it!) So nice had to watch it twice.

    According to Larry a show discussing race is forthcoming; excellent step. The country is sophisticated enough to multi-task; let’s get back to the policy issues at hand, but be savvy enough to continue the dialogue.

    No really; thank you.

    September 17, 2009 at 3:09 am |
  5. David Cabler

    there comes a time when a political party must seperate themselves from a statured relic (Pres. Carter). Carter is a great humanitarian, but doesn't see to understand America today.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:19 am |
  6. Richard Lighty

    GREAT JOB! For once I got to see folks with the same view of race that I truly believe has happened during my lifetime on TV. Myself, white, turning 49, have seen racism all my life, but as I've gotten older it has moved to the far fringes of society, which I am very grateful for.

    Young Mr. Legend sure impressed the heck out of me. And Davids views seem to match perfect! Imagine that a young man of color having the same view of racism as an elderly white man.

    We sure have come a long way – THANKS GUYS! Keep up the great work at AC360

    September 17, 2009 at 1:36 am |
  7. LaTasha

    Racism is a real issue in America and as long as we pretend it does not exist, the longer it will take for us to evolve. Rush Limbaugh's comment just shows how racism is alive and well; for him to view the school bus fight as black vs white goes to show how far we have to go.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:30 am |
  8. tj booker

    i heard wat was said bout da white kid but bout gena 6

    September 17, 2009 at 1:22 am |
  9. latonia

    I do believe racism is fueling some of the anger against the President. When was the last time parents had to give permission for their children to listen to an address give by the President of the United States? I don't belive that US citizens true concerns about healthcare and the economy are racist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  10. CLYDE

    I beleive President Obama knew what he was getting into when he took the job , but whether you respect the man or not (and it does'nt matter who is sitting there) ,you must respect the office because the person sitting there has the worlds largest target super glued to their back. Now that being said has anybody followed the tea party money trail , where did it come from?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  11. Jill Scholtens

    I was surprised to find that John Legend's comments were the most reasonable sounding to me. Embarrassingly, I have to admit I didn't know who he was. You had other very distinguished and reasonable guests on for that segment. Bring John Legend back!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 pm |

    great panel...john legend all way's makes a lot of since.. he is very level headed. David Gergen is all was top's on his views.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  13. pj

    If 96% of the black voters voted for Obama – is that racist?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  14. keith

    you see cooper there is racisum and I believe Mr. Carter is right I mean Ray Charles can see that. they maybe hiding behind other things but that is what it is

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  15. Vince chatman

    I'm so glad President Carter stepped n told the truth but who is this uncle Tom Nick lott??

    September 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Eddie

    OK, everybody is right! Can we get back to the nations business. We elected these people to lead.... SO LEAD ALREADY!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  17. Benny, IL

    oooh,.. can't wait for the debate!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  18. JD

    Racism may be involved but it seems to me that there is just a lot of rudeness and meanness going on and lots of people making noise instead of expressing logical, reasoned or compassionate ideas. It seems like spoiled rude children or adults at the tower of Babel.
    I have an idea to help cure racism ..... send a racist to the war's front lines to have their life defended by someone of another race ... Maybe there are no racists in foxholes or in harm's way of terrorists!
    I think these rude folks with their rude and mean signs trying to get in the limelight should be getting less of it ... they are in to it for the attention that they do not deserve. hope the media will drop it and have intelligent and/or caring people on camera and audio. I've had enough of the rudeness and dumbness. Real ideas and solutions are more complicated that a poster slogan.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  19. Mari

    Mike in Syracuse NY....... Sir, President Carter is telling the truth, its the ugly truth but truth nonetheless.

    All one has to do, is look at the ethnic makeup of the Tea-Party-protesters to know who they are and what they are really saying.

    The Secret Service reports that threats against the President of the United States is up.......... 400% ....... compared to when Bush was in office. That speaks loudly to the truth of what President Carter said.


    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  20. Annie Kate

    Sounds like a really great panel. I think a lot of us not in the "shouting" match are concerned for where our country is headed. Obama's election was suppose to pull people together instead it has made the chasm between us wider. The anger in the tirades just seems to get worse rather than better and at some point something will have to give – I just hope its not violence and rebellion. Too much to lose going that route.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  21. Vickie

    Of course dissent does not equal racism! But signs portraying Pres. Obama as a witch doctor, or calling him an African Lion, or spelling America as AmeriKa is racism. What do these things have to do with taxes, or health care!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  22. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Wow! The panel today will be great and unlosable! 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  23. alexlyrics

    John Legend wrote one of the best letters to the New York post about the cartoon scandal pertaining to Obama. I wanted just to say that I read that letter, and it was well written. I am pleased that John Legend has stood by our president as a well known public performer his voice is power.
    Right on John. we love your music and your support of our president.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Today Democratic leaders are stampeding to distance themselves from Carter's remarks. Perhaps they have half a brain after all. The charge is ridiculous. How many times did we here Democrats say dissent was patriotic under Bush? Now when they are in power, dissent is racist. Playing the race card is getting old fast, and will result in a backlash. 50% of this country oppose Obama's policies, and i don't think most of them will like being branded racist for disagreeing.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm |