Justin Bieber Voices His Shame Over Racial Injustices
Singer Justin Bieber admitted to feeling shame over the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Aubrey.
On May 31st, Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Baldwin spoke with CNN commentator Angela Rye about their own privilege. During the interview, Bieber admitted to feeling shame for not paying more attention to racial injustices.
“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,” Bieber stated.
Baldwin took to Instagram, writing in her caption: “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.”
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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
Following the interview, the singer has been very vocal on Instagram and is using his platform to speak up in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
justin bieber is really NOT holding back. pic.twitter.com/q9fnfSb7Gm
— tara (@StayBiebsTweet) June 1, 2020
In addition to speaking out, Bieber’s clothing line made a donation to Color of Change, a non-profit civil rights advocacy organization, in support of racial equality.
Justin Bieber and his clothing line just donated money to support #BlackLivesMatter @justinbieber and @haileybieber also did a live stream with a black activist, Angela Rye, where they talked about racism, police brutality and how to use their white privilege. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/bOERozHunX
— Pop Crave (@popcreave) June 2, 2020
As we continue to fight for justice, we hope to see more celebrities doing their part.