Justin Timberlake Calls Out for the Removal of Confederate Imagery Specifically in Homestate of Tennessee

Pop star Justin Timberlake is using his celebrity voice to call out and push for the removal of Confederate monuments, memorabilia, and imagery across the nation, especially in the state of Tennessee.

The 39-year old Tennessee native “Mirrors” singer took to Instagram on Monday in hopes of pushing for action at a time of nationwide protests for racial justice and equality across America.


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“A lot of you know I’m from Tennessee…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 benefited from racism. Plain and simple,” Timberlake’s Instagram post began.

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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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“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 in 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 viled history of oppression- removing them is a symbol for respect for Black people in America and it’s a step towards progress and actual equality for all,” Timberlake concluded.

To accompany his Instagram message, Timberlake shared a video from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who he says has been “fighting hard to remove these statues from across the country” and their legal director Jeffrey Robinson speaks on the legacy of the Confederacy.

Timberlake’s Instagram post was made the same day Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee issued a draft of a funding bill that covered a provision to remove statues and busts of those who served the Confederacy or have “unambiguous records of racial intolerance” from the U.S. Capitol.