Justin Bieber wants to be part of a bigger movement.
The “Yummy” singer acknowledged his privilege and how Black culture has influenced many aspects of his life. In a heartfelt message posted to Instagram Saturday (June 6), Bieber also vowed to use his white celebrity status to encourage change and to push back against racial injustice.
“I am inspired by black culture. I have benefited off of black culture,” Bieber began his admission. “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 latest disclosures come in the wake of the tragic arrest of George Floyd, the Black man who died in late-May while being apprehended when former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes, rendering him unable to breathe.