These Are The Social Issues That Are Most Important To Musicians Right Now

10 artists discuss the social issues we fight for now.

January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to reflect on the progress and change that its late namesake helped effect on society at large—but it's not hard to see that there's still plenty of work to be done. Here, 9 artists reflect on the issues that they think are most pressing now.

Ne-Yo

Singer/Songwriter

Photo credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

Everything that's happened from Ferguson from Garner—the whole nine—I don't feel like it's just a black issue. It's a justice issue about everybody that's under this judicial system, everybody that's under the"protection" of these police. It's just been blatant and obvious that [the police are] going to look out for themselves and take care of their own, and that's not cool. On the side of the car, damn it, it says "To protect and serve." Who are you protecting and serving if this is what's happening? The Eric Garner case had footage of the cops killing this guy and they got off—it makes no sense whatsoever. We have to take it away from "Oh, it's a black thing." It's not just necessarily a black thing. It's about making sure these cops are held responsible for the wrongs that they do.

Ne-Yo
Singer/Songwriter

Lead photo: William H. Alden/Getty Images

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These Are The Social Issues That Are Most Important To Musicians Right Now