The protests that argue for the removal of confederate monuments have been more widespread than ever this year, and now Justin Timberlake -- a native of Tennessee, a state that's home to many confederate monuments -- has used his platform to call for the approximately 1,848 confederate monuments that still stand in America to come down. He posted a video made by the ACLU on his Instagram that explains the racist history of these monuments, and how many of them were erected and/or completed long after the Civil War, during periods of high racial tensions. JT writes:
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 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.
Here's his full post with the video:
Justin also links to this video in his IG bio:
This isn't the first time Justin has used his platform to amplify Black voices and advocate for the fight for racial justice this year. Here are a few of his previous posts:
Previously, fellow Tennessean pop singer Taylor Swift posted "it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state that celebrate historical figures who did evil things" and she called for the monuments to be taken down: