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Justin Timberlake Calls for All-Confederate Monuments to be Removed

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.”

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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…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.

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