Justin Bieber opened up on Saturday, saying “black culture” has made a strong influence on his career.
The 26-year-old singer‘s statement came via Instagram, where he shared a written message.
“I am inspired by black culture. I have benefited off of black culture,” he wrote.
“My style, how I sing, dance, perform, and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by black culture.”
He concluded: “I am committed to using my platform from this day forward to learn, to speak up about racial injustice and systemic oppression, and to identify ways to be a part of much needed change.”
Bieber has been particularly vocal in his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, sharing many messages on social media regarding the topic, including quotes from Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Justin Bieber, seen here in January 2020, wrote that “black culture” has had a strong influence on his career.
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Other posts have called for “justice” and have urged fans to vote in various elections.
Bieber’s declaration came amid a period of civil unrest following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after now-former police officer Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on the man’s neck for over eight minutes.
Since Floyd’s death, protests have erupted across the globe in opposition to police brutality against African-Americans.