Hailey and Justin Bieber got serious about world issues in their latest Instagram Live stream.
On Sunday, the couple invited political advocate and commentator Angela Rye on for a conversation about the George Floyd killing and ensuing protests, which have engulfed cities across America.
“As a white woman, I know I am privileged, and I didn’t always understand what that really meant. I will never understand what it’s like to be racially profiled and targeted and wake up everyday uncertain if I could lose my life because of the color of my skin,” Hailey wrote in the caption of the video.
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This week we had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with @AngelaRye. As a white woman, I know I am privileged, and I didn’t always understand what that really meant. I will never understand what it’s like to be racially profiled and targeted and wake up everyday uncertain if I could lose my life because of the color of my skin. Through this conversation with Angela I really just wanted to learn, to ask questions even if I thought they were the wrong question. I want to know better so I can do better and I will not stop asking these questions and having these conversations. I want to keep learning how to be an ally, and I refuse to keep walking through life being ignorant. #BlackLivesMatter
In the conversation with Rye, Hailey addressed the necessity of healthy conversations about issues of race and social division.
“People get nervous to say the wrong thing, and I think this conversation is so healthy because it’s not about saying the wrong thing,” she said. “Even if we do say the wrong thing, getting corrected in love and respect and saying, ‘I’m telling you this because we respect each other and I want you to understand.'”
Justin also admitted his own past uneasiness and ignorance of many issues.
“I’ve been feeling shame in the sense of like, Why did it take these men being killed for me to almost take a blanket over my eyes. Why now? I do feel bad when it comes to that.”
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