Usher Breaks Silence: Justin Bieber Was “Naive Child” But “Not A Racist”

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By Daniel Gates


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Usher is defending Justin Bieber in the wake of this week’s racism scandal, when two old clips of a teenage Bieber using the N-word and joking about joining the KKK surfaced.

On Saturday, The Biebs’ mentor shared an old Instagram of the pair (see below) and voiced support for the embattled pop star.

“At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort,” wrote Usher. “As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist.”

Usher explained, “What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.”

Bieber has repeatedly apologized for the racist videos.

What do you think about Usher’s words?

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