Fox News pundit Jesse Watters (Picture: Fox News/YouTube)

John Legend used the Academy Awards stage, where his track Glory won the Oscar for best song, to highlight that there are currently more black men in American prisons than there were under slavery.

Fox News did not seem pleased with this stance, with pundits bemoaning all the "politics" in several acceptance speeches and decrying "liberals" for only "punishing" rather than celebrating the country's successes.

Legend, along with Common - who also performed in the song for the film about Martin Luther King, said that the struggle for justice is as important today as it was for the events in Selma 50 years ago.

We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now, in this country today.

We know right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850.

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