Despite the fact that he's apologized for the racist jokes and comments he made as a younger man in videos that have recently surfaced, Justin Bieber is, "unequivocally," not racist--or at least that's what his mentor Usher thinks.
Usher waited until today to comment on the Bieber videos (and his use of racial epithets and slurs), and the pop star and judge of 'The Voice' chose to offer his thoughts up via Instagram regarding Bieber's character.
From Usher's post: "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. 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. 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."