Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter Bernice King has thanked Justin Bieber for his support amid backlash over the use of MLK samples on his new album Justice.
The album opens with the MLK quote “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and also features an ‘MLK Interlude’ with samples from King’s 1967 sermon ‘But If Not’.
On Friday, March 19th, a few hours prior to the record’s release, Bieber announced a campaign aimed at raising awareness for social justice organisations. As well as the King Center, Bieber revealed he’d be supporting charities including Anti Recidivism Coalition, the Compton Pledge, Baby2Baby, the Equal Justice Initiative, This Is About Humanity and the Poor People’s Campaign.
“In honour of #Justice I’m supporting organisations that embody what justice looks like in action,” he wrote on Twitter.
In response to Bieber’s tweet, Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter Bernice tweeted that “each of us, including artists and entertainers, can do something.”
“Thank you, @justinbieber, for your support, in honour of #Justice, of @TheKingCenter’s work and of our #BeLove campaign, which is a part of our global movement for justice.”
Despite Bernice’s apparent support of Bieber’s inclusion of MLK on Justice, fans were sceptical of the samples.
“Who in the hell let Justin Bieber walk out the studio with an album called Justice w two samples of MLK and every track got him having a grand ol white ass time singin bout his wife over synthesized pop beats… my blood pressure gets higher every day, on god,” one Twitter user wrote.
“idc if his daughter approved the samples lol… I don’t know her & she don’t speak for all black people. I don’t gotta agree w her on how I feel about a clear reflection of big industries commodifying & commercializing the pain of our community,” they concluded.
Check out the ‘MLK Interlude’ from Justice:
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