"I am committed to using my platform."

By Christopher Luu
Jun 08, 2020 @ 5:51 pm
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For the past 10 days, Justin Bieber has dedicated his social media channels to bring awareness to the issues of systemic racism and police violence as well as bring attention to the murder of George Floyd, but it wasn't until the weekend that the singer acknowledged that his career has been influenced by Black culture. In an Instagram post, Bieber wrote that he has been inspired by Black culture in the way he sings, dances, and performs, and vowed that moving forward, he would use his platforms to bring attention to "racial injustice and systemic oppression."

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"I am inspired by black culture. I have benefited off of black culture," Bieber wrote. "My style, how I sing, dance, perform, and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by black culture. 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."

Bieber's previous posts encouraged his American fans to vote and offered more information on seeking justice for Breonna Taylor. Bieber's statements come after the singer apologized for past use of racist remarks and a parody version of his song "One Less Lonely Girl" that mentioned joining the KKK. He issued an apology back in December 2019, writing, "When I was young I was uneducated and found myself saying really hurtful things not knowing the power of my words. Racism Is still very prevalent and I want to use my voice to remind we are all human being and all of EQUAL VALUE BEFORE GOD."