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Justin Timberlake Calls for All-Confederate Monuments to be Removed

Justin Timberlake Calls for All-Confederate Monuments to be Removed

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Now that he’s campaigning for the 2020 election, Donald Trump largely avoids talking about the coronavirus. One thing he has been more than willing to talk about is Confederate monuments. The President seems to believe that protecting these statues is a good way to get himself reelected.

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Americans aren’t so sure. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that 52% of Americans want the statues removed with 44 opposed. This is a significant difference then when the same question was asked in 2017. Music superstar Justin Timberlake is among those who want to see the monuments removed and recently posted a video about the issue on his Instagram account.

The Tennessee-born musician captioned his post, “America was built by men who believed in and benefited from racism. Plain and simple,” Timberlake said in the caption. “…those men who proudly owned and abused Black people are STILL celebrated all over the country.”

More than half are in The South, and it’s not acceptable,” he continued. “No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners. If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down.”

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Timberlake closed the post, “If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down. But lets 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.”

Watch Timberlake’s video below via his personal Instagram feed:

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