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Justin Timberlake shares statement in support of removing Confederate monuments

“No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners.”

July 07, 2020
Justin Timberlake shares statement in support of removing Confederate monuments Justin Timberlake by Christopher Polk/Getty Images  

Popstar and native Tennessean Justin Timberlake has shared a statement on Instagram in support of the growing movement to tear down monuments and statues dedicated to the Confederacy. His message was shared along with a video by ACLU Legal Director Jeffrey Robinson explaining why the monuments to the pro-slavery insurrection need to be taken down. Watch below via Rolling Stone.

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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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"When we protest racism in America," Timberlake wrote, "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."

Timberlake noted that of the approximately 1,848 Confederate statues still standing, more than half are located in southern American states. "No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners, he said before rejecting the argument that tearing down the monuments is tantamount to erasing history. "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."

Timberlake attracted praise and criticism earlier in June when he promised to bail out Minnesota protestors in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by local police.

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Justin Timberlake shares statement in support of removing Confederate monuments