English Rapper Micheal Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, known best by his stage name Stormzy, has made it known that he will donate funds worth £10 million, over the next 10 years, to empower blacks and fight against racism.
With the recent protests against racism inspired by the unjust killing of George Floyd, it is no surprise that the rapper’s donation came at a time like this.
The donation is to be channeled towards organizations, charities and movements that are committed to fighting racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment within the UK.
Stormzy in a statement said
"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."
Stormzy is known to have spoken against racism and British politics, and was also seen at the Black Lives Matter protests in London Parliament Square last weekend.