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Justin Timberlake Calls For Removal Of Confederate Statues Across America

Justin Timberlake Calls For Removal Of Confederate Statues Across America
July 8, 2020 - 18:29 / Amanda Stanford

Justin Timberlake is breaking his silence in the midst of social and political change in the United States and beyond. The musician and actor is calling for change and asks for the removal of Confederate statues.

Justin Timberlake is calling for a change in America and asking the public to join him in the request to remove Confederate statues across the United States.

Timberlake made a passionate plea on Instagram to all of his followers about how he feels given the current political and social changes gripping nations around the world.

Justin Timberlake attends The BRIT Awards 2018 

Timberlake calls for change

"I’ve been listening closely to the ongoing debates about what to do with these statues — and I really want to take a minute to talk about this," he said.

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Timberlake, who is a Tennessee native, goes on to share the truth about history.

"When we protest racism in America, people think we are protesting America itself. Why is that the reaction? Because America was built by men who believed in and benefitted from racism. Plain and simple," he said.

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...a state that happens to be the home of many many confederate monuments. I've been listening closely to the ongoing debates about what to do with these statues — and I really want to take a minute to talk about this. ⠀ ⠀ When we protest racism in America, people think we are protesting America itself. Why is that the reaction? Because America was built by men who believed in and benefitted from racism. Plain and simple. ⠀ ⠀ This is when you hear "But that's all in the past". So let's be clear... those men who proudly owned and abused Black people are STILL celebrated all over the country. ⠀ ⠀ There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US. More than half are in The South, and it's not acceptable. No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners. ⠀ If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down. But let's remember: Removing these statues does not erase our country's vile history of oppression — removing them is a symbol of respect for Black people in America and it's a step towards progress and actual equality for all. ⠀ ⠀ This video is by @aclu_nationwide, which has been fighting hard to remove these statues across the country. Their Legal Director #JeffreyRobinson has been speaking on this issue for years (you can find more in the link in my bio). Please follow them and learn more about the history of the monuments in your own states and counties.

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He added, "There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US. More than half are in The South, and it’s not acceptable. No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners."

"If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down. But let’s remember: Removing these statues does not erase our country’s vile history of oppression — removing them is a symbol of respect for Black people in America and it’s a step towards progress and actual equality for all," he said.

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Timberlake is not the only celebrity to come forward and call for change. In June, Taylor Swift also called for Confederate statues to be removed and for Juneteenth to be made a national holiday. Many other celebrities have voiced their opinion on the need for progress in not just Hollywood, but the world.