Stormzy pledges £10 million to Black British causes

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The superstar will donate £10 million over the next 10 years.

Stormzy has pledged to donate £10 million over the next 10 years to causes in the UK fighting racial inequality, advocating justice reform and pushing Black empowerment.

Announcing the pledge in a new “statement of intent”, Stormzy 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.”

The statement goes on to say that this pledge is just the beginning of Stormzy and his company #Merky’s “lifetime commitment” to backing these causes. The details of which organisation and charities will receive donations will be announced in due course.