“We are worse when we attack each other,” says the letter, which has the signature of artists such as Little Mix, Nile Rodgers, Lewis Capaldi and Rita Ora and who censors “anti-Semitic racism”, in reference to a recent controversy led by singer Wiley, known as “the godfather of crime”, who shared offensive messages about the Jewish community on his social networks, although he later apologized.
With this gesture, the British music sector intends to demonstrate that “love, unity and friendship, [e] not separatism or hatred, must now and always be the common cause”.
Other artists involved in the initiative are 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 representative, Stuart Camp, and Stevie Wonder's representative, Keith Harris, also joined the cause, as well as EMI, Universal Music UK, Warner Music UK and Sony Music UK.
“Whether systematic racism and racial inequality are revealed by continued police brutality in the United States or by anti-Semitic racism perpetrated online, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and separatism,” says the letter.
The signatories also underline that “minorities” of “all origins and creeds fought and suffered” and “slavery and the Holocaust” left “painful collective memories”.
The letter warns that “all forms of racism” have “the same roots”: “ignorance, lack of education and [the need to have] scapegoats” and guarantees that “the British music industry is proud to unite to broaden the voice, take responsibility, defend yourself and show solidarity ”.
“Silence is not an option,” he says.
“Through music, education and empathy, we can find unity. We are together to educate and eliminate racism now and for future generations ”, conclude the signatories.
PMC // EA
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