justin-bieber & usher*Days after a second video of Justin Bieber using the n-word surfaced, the pop singer’s former mentor is speaking out.

In a caption under a picture he posted on Instagram Saturday morning of him and Bieber, Usher defended the “Somebody to Love” vocalist while stating Bieber is anything but a racist.

“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,” the caption read. “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.”

Usher’s response comes amid further scrutiny of Bieber who has generated negative exposure in light of his use of the n-word in two recently released videos, which were made when Bieber was 15. The entertainer was shown using the n-word in the first video in a racist joke, while the second use of the word was displayed in a racist parody of Bieber sang of his hit “One Less Lonely Girl.”

Despite negative feedback from the videos, Bieber has received support from various friends, including Lil Wayne, Floyd Mayweather and Soulja Boy.

For more on Justin Bieber’s celebrity supporters, check out the video below:

And if you by chance need more “proof” that that Bieber is doing all he can to shake the racist label, check out this report from TMZ:

Justin Bieber turned to the Lord while being shaken down over his racist videos — and TMZ has learned he washed away his sins with a baptism performed in a bathroom.

Pastor Carl Lentz — who works with Bieber in NYC — tells us he spent a week doing intense Bible study with Justin last month … in the wake of being extorted over the videos. As we previously reported — JB’s team was contacted 2 months ago by a man in possession of the videos and wanted a million dollar payday or else he’d go public. We’re told Bieber’s religious resurgence focused on studying Bible passages and attending services … culminating in an actual baptism performed in the bathtub of one of the singer’s friends. Why a bathtub, you ask?  We’re told JB previously checked out a bunch of churches for the dip — but his cover was blown every time and he wanted to keep the whole thing private.

See, get baptized racist image gone!  No? Not quite you say?

Oh well, Biebs. Looks like you still have a problem.