Canadian singer, Justin Bieber is speaking out against racism, and apologizing for past racist remarks he himself made.
The “Sorry” singer, 25, shared on Instagram an image of the phrase “Stand Against Racism.”
In the caption, he opened up more about the topic, revealing that he still regrets racially insensitive comments he had previously said when he was a teenager.
“When I was young, I was uneducated and found myself saying really hurtful things not knowing the power of my words,” Bieber wrote in his post.
“Racism Is still very prevalent and I want to use my voice to remind we are all human being and all of EQUAL VALUE BEFORE GOD!” he continued.
Back in 2014, Bieber found himself in hot water when unearthed footage surfaced from his 2011 documentary Never Say Never, showing Bieber repeatedly using a derogatory slur in the punchline to a joke.
Shortly after the footage went public, Bieber released a statement attempting to explain his actions and apologizing for them.
“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt,” Bieber said. “I thought it was okay 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.”
“Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs,” he continued. “Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake.”
He went on to insist that his actions would not be repeated.
“I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again,” Bieber said. “Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what’s right.”
“Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man,” Bieber concluded. “Once again I’m sorry.”