Stars from music trade signal anti-racism letter

Stars from music industry sign anti-racism letter


More than 700 individuals from the UK music trade – together with artists, managers, producers and corporations – have written an open letter urging individuals to “stand together” and “wipe out racism now”.

Little Mix, Nile Rodgers, Lewis Capaldi and Rita Ora are among the many stars calling for an finish to racism.

“We are at our worst when we attack one another,” the letter mentioned.

It cited current “anti-Jewish racism”, after grime artist Wiley shared anti-Semitic posts. Wiley later apologised.

Hundreds of representatives from the music trade co-signed the letter, which says they need to present “that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause”.

The stars who’ve signed it embody The 1975, MNEK, Clean Bandit, Yungblud, Labrinth, Biffy Clyro, Mabel, Years & Years, Jess Glynne, Jonas Blue, Niall Horan, James Blunt, Naughty Boy, Grace Carter, and Joy Crookes.

Ed Sheeran’s supervisor, Stuart Camp, in addition to Stevie Wonder’s supervisor, Keith Harris, have additionally signed it, together with the president of EMI and labels equivalent to Universal Music UK, Warner Music UK and Sony Music UK.

‘Ignorance’

“Whether it be systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America or anti-Jewish racism promulgated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division,” it says. “We are at our worst when we attack one another.

“Minorities from all backgrounds and faiths have struggled and suffered. From slavery to the Holocaust we have now painful collective recollections.

“All forms of racism have the same roots – ignorance, lack of education and scapegoating.

“We, the British music trade are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take accountability, to talk out and stand collectively in solidarity. Silence shouldn’t be an choice.”

The letter adds that music “brings pleasure and hope and connects us all”, adding: “Through music, schooling and empathy we will discover unity. We stand collectively, to coach and wipe out racism now and for our future generations.”

Wiley – known as the “godfather of grime” – recently made headlines after sharing a series of anti-Semitic tweets.

He was dropped by his management and later banned by Twitter, following a public boycott of the social media network.

In an interview with Sky News last week, Wiley apologised for “generalising” about Jewish people and said: “I’m not racist.”

Organisers of the letter mentioned that anybody that wishes so as to add their title to the letter can achieve this over the approaching week.

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