Justin Timberlake calls for removal of Confederate monuments
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Justin Timberlake is calling for the removal of Confederate monuments across the country. 

The singer, who is from Tennessee, posted his comments on Instagram on Monday along with a video on the subject from the American Civil Liberties Union.

“America was built by men who believed in and benefitted 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.”


Timberlake cited a statistic that there are about 1,848 Confederate statues in the country.

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

The pop star emphasized that the statues’ removal “does not erase our country’s vile history of oppression” but instead represents a “symbol of respect for Black people in America.” 

Calls to remove Confederate statues and monuments were reignited after video of George Floyd’s arrest and death circulated the country. Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died after a now-former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Protests erupted nationwide after Floyd’s death, leading some demonstrators to vandalize and topple monuments of Confederate leaders and controversial historical figures. 

A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that a narrow majority of respondents approve of removing Confederate statues, and that voters are split on renaming military bases that are named after Confederate leaders.

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He has also condemned protesters advocating for the removal of statues, saying they want to "overthrow the American Revolution."