Justin Bieber Urges Fans to Take a 'Stand Against Racism' in Emotional Post

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is taking some time this holiday season to reflect. In a post on Wednesday (Dec. 4), the 25-year-old singer took some time to be thoughtful about things he's said in the past that may have been hurtful and apologize, urging Beliebers to do the same.

The post, which featured the phrase "Stand Against Racism" is large block letters, featured the message, "When I was young I was uneducated and found myself saying really hurtful things not knowing the power of my words. Racism Is still very prevalent and I want to use my voice to remind we are all human being and all of EQUAL VALUE BEFORE GOD!"   

Though Bieber did not specify what hurtful things he said in the past, in 2014 a video surfaced of a then-15-year-old Bieber making offensive, racist jokes and using the n-word in footage reportedly shot during the filming of his 2011 doc Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. At the time, Bieber apologized for the use of the offensive terms, saying in a statement, "As a kid, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake."

In 2018, Bieber was sued for assault, battery and damages to personal property over a 2016 incident in at a hotel in Cleveland during which the singer allegedly removed a man's glasses without permission and put them on and then became "irate" and used racial epithets when the man tried to take his picture, "aggressively threatening" to harm him if he did not delete the photos.

Check out Bieber's post below.

 

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