Rapper and entrepreneur Stormzy has made a huge move by pledging to donate £10 million over ten years to the cause of fighting racial inequality.
Stormzy has never been one to tone down his political opinions. The grime superstar has always been willing to duke it out with some of the biggest names in politics, once making Michale Gove look a little bit sillier than he usually does.
It meant that his recent quietness on the state of racial injustice across the globe, something highlighted by the recent Black Lives Matter protests, was always going to be broken and now he, and his label Merky, have shared their “statement or intent.”
The label shared the statement reading: “At Merky we have always used our brand to elevate, support and amplify the issues and the voices of the black community.”
Adding: “To continue and expand upon our activism and philanthropic work, today, we announce that Stormzy pledges 10 million pounds, over 10 years, to organisations, charities and movements that are committed to fighting racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment within the UK.” It’s a monumental effort from one of the brightest men and slickest labels in music.
Merky continued: “Stormzy and Merky will forever remain devoted to improving and safeguarding the lives of those within the black community and this is just the beginning of our lifetime commitment to financially and wholeheartedly back these causes.”
Stormzy himself was keen to add in his own thoughts: “The uncomfortable truth that our country continuously fails to recognise and admit, is that black people in the UK have been at a constant disadvantage in every aspect of life – simply due to the colour of our skin.”
The ‘Big For Your Boots’ singer continued with staggering honesty: “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?!” 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.”
A chastening statement founded in the truth of a nation that has never really reconciled with its colonial past. Stormzy continues: “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.”
Below watch one of the stand out performances of the entire Glastonbury Festival history as Stormzy blows away the Pyramid stage: