Here we go again! Just days after Justin Bieber apoligized for a video of a him telling a racist joke back when he was 15, another video surfaced yesterday, much worse, with him singing a parody of his song and replacing it with a highly offensive racial slur. He also sang about the KKK. Here's what Bieber told E News about this second video that emerged from when he was also around age 15:
"Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with.. But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger.. I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago.. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did."
Justin also took to Instagram to post an excerpt from "Jesus Calling", a daily devotional reader which encourages sinners to confess their mistakes to God.
Do you think Justin made a mistake and is now truly sorry?? One thing is for sure, the word he used in both videos is completely unacceptable to use, both joking around or being serious. It is rooted in so much pain and history, and to joke about that pain/history of a group of people is just not right and really hurts me to the core. I really expected more from Justin especially because he has been SO heavily influenced and guided by African American people.. But hopefully he truly has learned that there is no space for hate in the world.. we need to be spreading love.
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