Justin Timberlake, Tennessee Native, Calls for Removal of Confederate Monuments

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. ⠀
⠀ So let’s be clear… those men who proudly owned and abused Black people are STILL celebrated all over the country. This is when you hear “But that’s all in the past”.
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.
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Plain and simple. Because America was built by men who believed in and benefitted from racism. When we protest racism in America, people think we are protesting America itself. Why is that the reaction? ⠀
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.
Timberlake’s post appears in full below:
If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down.” No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners. “More than half are in The South, and it’s not acceptable. “There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US,” he continued.
Please follow them and learn more about the history of the monuments in your own states and counties. 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).
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 52% of the people polled are in favor of removing them from public spaces (with 44% opposed), whereas in August 2017, 39% were in favor and 50% opposed. The issue is one of many currently polarizing the country, and although controversy has surrounded the Confederate monument matter since it re-emerged in the wake of the 2017 domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va., the pendulum of public opinion seems to have swung substantially toward removing them.
In an Instagram post on Monday, he wrote, “America was built by men who believed in and benefitted from racism. … [and] those men who proudly owned and abused Black people are STILL celebrated all over the country." Justin Timberlake, a native of Tennessee, has called for the removal of Confederate monuments throughout the country.

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