Stormzy has pledged to donate £10 million over 10 years to black British causes to fight racism and inequality.
In a statement, Stormzy said identified the “uncomfortable truth” that the UK “continuously fails to recognise and admit that black people have been at a constant disadvantage in every aspect of life – simply due to the colour of our skin”.
Stormzy said he will donate the money to organisations, charities and movements that are “committed to fighting racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment” in Britain.
“I’m lucky enough to be in the position I’m in and I’ve heard people often dismiss the idea of racism existing in Britain by saying, ‘If the country’s so racist how have you become a success?!’” Stormzy continued.
“And I reject that with this: I am not the UK’s shining example of what supposedly happens when a black person works hard. There are millions of us. We are not far and few. We have to fight against the odds of a racist system stacked against us and designed for us to fail from before we are even born. Black people have been playing on an uneven field for far too long and this pledge is a continuation in the fight to finally try and even it.”
I am not the UK’s shining example of what supposedly happens when a black person works hard
A statement from Stormzy’s #Merky organisation said the £10m pledge marks the beginning of a “lifetime commitment” to supporting black British causes.
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