Justin Bieber shared a prayer and a message against racism on Sunday after his world tour stop in Buffalo, NY.
The 28-year-old musician posted a one-minute video clip as he prayed in a group with his team on Saturday night after a white gunman killed ten black people at a Buffalo grocery store.
He also shared a clip from his set in which he asked the audience to join him in a moment of silence to honor the lives lost.
Standing in Solidarity: Justin Bieber shared a prayer and an anti-racism message on Sunday, ahead of his world tour stop in Buffalo, NY
“PRAYING WITH AND FOR BUFFALO,” he captioned the post, which was captured by Rory Kramer and Evan Paterakis.
Another message showed him opening his show by acknowledging the racist attack as he said: “What’s up Buffalo?” to a screaming crowd.
“It’s such an honor to be back here. As we know there’s been a tragedy in the city, but what we’re going to do tonight is we’re going to honor those people. I wish we could just have a moment of silence.
‘It would mean a lot to me. So we can start now,” he continued. He then stopped and lowered his head.
Some fans in the audience cheered during the quiet and solemn moment, prompting the star to later acknowledge him on social media.
“To the people who were unable to remain silent to honor the lives so tragically lost, I urge you to ask yourselves why?” he wrote in the caption of the post in which he shared the clip.
Speaking out: Justin Bieber appeared on Instagram with a message for his 235 million followers following Saturday’s shooting in Buffalo, New York
In a separate post, he highlighted another moment from the night in which he explained the meaning behind the name of his tour and album, Justice.
‘RACISM WILL NOT WIN GOD DOES. WE STAND WITH YOU BUFFALO AND WE STAND AGAINST THIS RACIST ACT OF TERROR,’ he wrote in the caption.
Earlier today, he reposted a message from music producer Harv, who is part of Bieber’s camp. He urged his fans to “PLEASE READ.”
Harv’s original post – full name Bernard Harvey – was shared to his Instagram story with white font on a black background.
He began, ‘My heart goes out to the families who have lost their [loved] today in Buffalo.’
The music producer noted that he was in close proximity to the incident as he continued, “I was 2 blocks away from filming when he [happened].
“It could have been me because I am a BLACK living in America. Why so much hate?? It is [an] evil cycle that turns in a loop.
He followed it up with a broken heart emoji to emphasize his feelings.
Repost: The 28-year-old pop star reposted a message from music producer Harv, who is part of the Bieber camp. He urged his fans to “PLEASE READ”
It’s unclear who, but someone else added more thoughts to the original post, and Bieber shared it on his Instagram profile.
The added note read: ‘Grateful for the safety of Team Bieber today, but there are ten other families hurting because of a senseless act of violence AGAIN at the hands of racism. The shooter, 18, 18!!!!’
After a space he continued, ‘If you have already [found] telling you that you’re sick of Justin Bieber sharing the message of justice in every city or sharing it repeatedly on his account here, that’s why he does it.
The post’s author was referring to Bieber’s current Justice World Tour, where he was joined by Harvey.
The memo continued: “When you hear him say ‘Racism is evil’, it’s not just a slogan to sell a hoodie.
“It’s because too many people are still living their days with a heart full of this hatred, this racism, this evil and that can lead to heartbreaking events like the ones we saw today.”
The heartfelt thoughts continued, “So much still needs to be changed. I wonder when is enough for people in power to say enough is enough.
“How many have to die? I’m afraid to know the answer. These families and those who walk daily in fear because of this are very much in my thoughts tonight! »
And finally, the person encouraged Justin to “keep talking.”
“If you touch a person and they see the evil in their ways, that’s one less person whose actions will result in violence at the hands of racism.”
Suspect: Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY, has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder. He is being held without bail and faces life in prison. He is due back in court on Thursday
An armed teenager who allegedly murdered ten people at a Buffalo supermarket planned the attack for months before driving for three hours to carry out the vile ambush that was allegedly motivated by his hatred of black people.
Federal agents have questioned the parents of Payton Gendron, the teenager accused of firing a 50-shot barrage at the supermarket that left 10 people dead, a law enforcement official said Sunday.
Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder after Saturday’s attack. He is being held without bail and faces life in prison.
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