Musician-actor Justin Timberlake calls for the removal of all Confederate monuments across the US, according to a CNN report.
In his Instagram he wrote:
“There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US.”
He also posted a video by the American Civil Liberties Union about Confederate monuments.
“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.”
Tennessee Musicians Unite
Timberlake is not the only musician from the state of Tennessee who wanted Confederate symbols removed.
Fellow-Tennessean Taylor Swift also wanted Confederate statues out of her state.
Swift has been known for staying out of politics.
But with the recent outcry for social justice, Swift has spoke her mind.
In Mid-June, Swift was quoted saying:
“As a Tennessean, it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state.
“(These monuments) celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things.
She even went on saying, Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest was “DESPICABLE figures.”
Who Are Carmack And Bedford?
Carmack was a newspaperman turned politician.
He was at odds with another newspaper writer, the pioneering Civil Rights activist, Ida Wells.
She is African-American and was a full-time journalist and editor.
Wells had a one-third interest in an African American newspaper, the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight.
Carmack incited a mob against Wells, and her newspaper office was destroyed.
Meanwhile, Nathan Bedford Forrest is a Confederate general during the American civil war.
He is also a prominent post-war leader of the Ku Klux Klan.