Justin Bieber shared a powerful message about his own success, admitted that he’s both ‘influenced’ by and ‘benefitted’ from Black culture through his art — but committing to helping end ‘systemic oppression.’
Justin Bieber, 26, is speaking out about the Black Lives Matter movement. The Canadian singer has been actively posting about the death of George Floyd, social injustice and racial inequality over the past few days, but seemingly took some time to reflect on this own relationship with Black culture. “I am inspired by black culture. I have benefitted off black culture,” he began his post, written in Apple’s Notes, shared on Saturday, June 6.
A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Jun 6, 2020 at 2:53pm PDT
The Stratford, Ontario native went on to recognize the influence in his own music, clothing brand Drew House and performances. “My style, how I sing, dance, perform and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by black culture,” Justin explained in his poignant message, concluding with a promise to be a part of the change. “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,” the Changes singer wrote.
Several stars commended Justin on his admission, taking to the comments to show some love. Lewis Hamilton wrote, “amen brother,” while his manager Scooter Braun simply left a thumbs up and a heart. “My man…love you,” Kenny Hamilton added, along with two arm flex emojis and a heart. Khalil, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists star Sydney Park, and several others also commented.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 2, 2020
Justin has actively been using his Instagram account — which boasts 138 million followers — as a platform to promote dialogue around the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, along with police brutality and racial injustice. Sharing an image of smiling Breonna on what would have been her 27th birthday, Justin wrote, “Swipe right to see how we can help celebrate her,” followed by a slide of with links to petitions and donation sites.
This week we had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with @AngelaRye. As a white woman, I know I am privileged, and I didn’t always understand what that really meant. I will never understand what it’s like to be racially profiled and targeted and wake up everyday uncertain if I could lose my life because of the color of my skin. Through this conversation with Angela I really just wanted to learn, to ask questions even if I thought they were the wrong question. I want to know better so I can do better and I will not stop asking these questions and having these conversations. I want to keep learning how to be an ally, and I refuse to keep walking through life being ignorant. #BlackLivesMatter
A post shared by Hailey Baldwin Bieber (@haileybieber) on May 31, 2020 at 6:31pm PDT
“All lives do not matter until Black lives matter,” he posted to Twitter on June 2, along with an image that read, “It is not enough to be quietly non-racist, now is the time to be vocally anti-racist.” Together Justin and wife Hailey Baldwin, 23, hosted an Instagram Live conversation with CNN commentator Angela Rye where they opened up about their own privilege. “I’ve been feeling shame in the sense of like, Why did it take these men being killed for me to almost take a blanket over my eyes. Why now? I do feel bad when it comes to that,” Justin said in the nearly hour-long chat.