UK Rap royal Stormzy has stepped up in a major way to assist the drive for racial equality.
For, the chart-topper has pledged a colossal £10 million in support of “organisations, charities and movements that are committed to fighting racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment within the UK.”
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The star, whose Merky Books imprint has paid for Cambridge University scholarships for students from the Black community, revealed that the donation will be paid across 10 years and forms part of a lifetime commitment.
He shared the news along with an impassioned statement, which read:
“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.
The commendable commitment comes amidst the global discourse about racial injustice sparked by the death of unarmed Black man George Floyd, at the hands of Minnesota police officers.