AceShowbiz - Justin Bieber vows to fight against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd. Taking to his Instagram account, the "Despacito" hitmaker noted that his music career has been heavily influenced by black culture.
"I am inspired by black culture. I have benefited off of black culture," so the Canadian star wrote on Saturday, June 6. "My style, how I sing, dance, perform, and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by black culture."
He went on adding, "I am committed to using my platform from this day forward to learn, to speak up about racial injustice and systemic oppression, and to identify ways to be a part of much needed change."
Many, including fellow musicians, supported Justin on this with Ernie Halter saying, "Amen to this. I owe so much to the black artists that influenced me and taught me nearly everything. #blacklivesmatter." A fan added, "My man, what are you doing now is stand on the right path that use your power to influence people."
Indeed, Justin had been using his platform to raise awareness about Black Lives Matter movement as he previously posted about how to celebrate the birthday of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers. He also shared some information on primary voting and what it means to be an anti-racist ally.
Justin himself once faced backlash over a video of his 14-year-old self using the N-word while parodying his own song. Showing remorse about it, Justin explained in a 2019 Instagram post, "When I was young I was uneducated and found myself saying really hurtful things not knowing the power of my words. Racism Is still very prevalent and I want to use my voice to remind we are all human beings and all are EQUAL VALUE BEFORE GOD!”
He also apologized for it during an interview with Us Weekly last December. "Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended," the "Sorry" singer shared at the time. "I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake."