Justin Bieber
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Justin Bieber is the latest celebrity to take a stand against racism.

On Friday (Sept. 22), the pop star showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement by publicly addressing it on Instagram.

“I am a white Canadian and I will never know what it feels like to be an African American but what I do know is I am willing to stand up and use my voice to shine light on racism, because it’s a real thing and it’s more prevalent now than I have ever seen in my lifetime,” Beiber wrote. “we are all Gods children and we are ALL EQUAL.”

Bieber has been embraced by the hip-hop community, collaborating with a number of established and rising artists.

However, back in 2014, he was in hot water when a video surfaced of him singing the N-word when he was just 14 years old. In the clip, Bieber sings a version of his “One Less Lonely Girl”, adding the N-word. “If I kill you, I’ll be part of the KKK, then there’ll be one less lonely n*gger,” he sang.

In another, record when he was 15 years old, Bieber made an offensive joke that also included the N-word. “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” he asked. “Run n*gger-n*gger-n*gger, n*gger.”

Bieber ultimately apologized and it didn’t appear to affect his career much, as he went on to enjoy even more success. “As a young man, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt,” he said at the time. “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.”