Justin Timberlake Urges America To 'Move Forward' By Removing Confederate Statues

Written by on July 8, 2020

Add Justin Timberlake to the rising listing of Hollywood luminaries who’ve referred to as for the elimination of Accomplice statues and symbols throughout the nation. 

On Tuesday, the 10-time Grammy winner mirrored on his Southern heritage in a prolonged Instagram put up. His native state of Tennessee, he wrote, options many monuments that commemorate “males who proudly owned and abused Black folks.” 

“I’ve been listening carefully to the continuing debates about what to do with these statues — and I actually wish to take a minute to speak about this,” Timberlake mentioned. “Once we protest racism in America, folks suppose we’re protesting America itself. Why is that the response? As a result of America was constructed by males who believed in and benefitted from racism. Plain and easy.” 

Timberlake additionally posted a brief video that includes American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Authorized Director Jeffery Robinson.

Within the clip, Robinson identified that the highest 10 states with Accomplice monuments “account for over 4,000 lynchings in 73 years from 1977 to 1950.” He additionally praised cities and states which have taken “step one to a real reckoning with America’s racialized previous” by eradicating such statues and different markers. 

Timberlake echoed Robinson’s sentiments in his put up. 

“If we plan to maneuver ahead, these monuments should come down,” he mentioned. 

The previous ’N Sync star’s plea adopted that of one other Volunteer State native, Taylor Swift. 

“As a Tennessean, it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state that commemorate racist historic figures who did evil issues,” Swift tweeted final month. “Taking down statues isn’t going to repair centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred that Black folks have needed to endure, however it may convey us one small step nearer to creating ALL Tennesseans and guests to our state really feel secure ― not simply the white ones.” 

Religion Hill took the same stance June 25 when she referred to as on Mississippi lawmakers to take away the Accomplice battle emblem from the state’s flag.

“Now, it’s time for the world to fulfill the Mississippi of in the present day and never the Mississippi of 1894,” tweeted Hill, who was born in Ridgeland, Mississippi. “Now we have to understand that this flag is a direct image of terror for our Black brothers and sisters.” 

Two days later, Hill bought her want, as each the Mississippi Home and Senate voted in favor of retiring the state’s flag. Voters will select the brand new design in November.

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