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Justin Bieber Uses MLK Speeches On Album Titled ‘Justice’ That Doesn’t Actually Have A Blessed Thing To Do With Progression

Ironically, the late civil rights leader's daughter and family foundation have come out to endorse the 27-year-old singer.

Pop singer Justin Bieber released his sixth studio album on Friday, and though it has received positive reviews, the 27-year-old earned the ire of the Black community for incorporating speeches from Martin Luther King Jr. in an album with few references to social activism or social justice.

The first words spoken on the album Justice are those of MLK. His voice opens the album saying his renowned adage: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

When it appears that Bieber was setting the stage for possible commentary on the country’s racial tensions, he hits listeners with a love ballad called “2 Much,” a song seemingly about his admiration for his wife Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

As TMZ reported, there’s also a nearly two-minute track called "MLK Interlude" in the middle of the album, which strangely opens for a song called "Die For You,” a dance bop about a pretty woman.

In response, critics and members of the Black community have taken to social media to express their disappointment and frustration.

TV writer Kirk A. Moore tweeted that he couldn’t understand why a movie like Selma, which was made to honor MLK’s life and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, was denied the opportunity to use his speeches when it appeared so easy for the singer to get access to them for his album.

Other Twitter users wrote about the irony of using the civil rights leader’s messages in songs about love and lust.

Many fans contended that the late American icon would have been deeply offended to hear his messages appropriated in such a way.

Despite the public backlash, both Bernice King, the daughter of the slain iconic leader came out in support of Bieber and his use of her father's words.

According to TMZ, the singer sought permission from the King estate to use the audio. In honor of his album’s namesake, Bieber recently tweeted that he was donating to organizations that “embody what justice looks like in action.”

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