UK Singer/rapper Stormzy pledges £10 million to organisations, charities and movements in the UK that tackle racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment. He will make his donation over the next 10 years.
“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,” he said.
He said he was making the donation to fight racial inequality because “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.
“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. 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.”
In 2018, he beat Ed Sheeran at the Brits. Closing the show with his views on Theresa May and her managing of Grenfell. He also partnered with Penguin to start #Merky Book an imprint that will help young authors be published starting with his autobiography “Rise Up”.
In 2019 he funded black British students at Cambridge University, the Stormzy Scholarship was launched payung tuition fees plus a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate Cambridge course for two students in 2018 and two in 2019.
Stormzy and #Merky will be releasing more news about the pledge soon.
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