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Justin Timberlake is using his platform to bring awareness to racism in America. He’s also speaking out on the importance of removing confederate statues all over the country.

He recently shared a video from ACLU, a nonprofit legal and advocacy organization, that reveals the history of the statues and explains why they need to be removed. He also wrote a lengthy message breaking down how this act shows respect for African Americans.

Justin wrote:

“A lot of you know I’m from Tennessee…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.”