More than 700 people in the UK music industry – including artists, directors, producers and companies – Wrote an open letter I urge the people to “stand together” and “eradicate racism now.”
Little Mix, Nile Rogers, Luis Capaldi and Rita are among the stars calling for an end to racism.
The letter said, “We are in our worst position when it comes to attacking each other.”
It cites recent “anti-Semitic racism” after rural artist Will shared anti-Semitic posts. Will later apologized.
Hundreds of representatives from the music industry have co-signed the letter, wanting to show that “love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must be shown and we must always have common causes.”
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The stars who signed it are The 1975, MNEK, Klein Bandit, Youngblood, Labrinth, Biffy Claro, Mabel, Year and Year, Jess Glenn, Jonas Blue, Neil Horan, James Blunt, Naughty Boy, Grace Carter and Joy Crooks.
Keith Harris, EM Sheeran’s manager, Stuart Camp, as well as Stevie Wonder’s manager, Keith Harris, president of EMI and has also signed labels such as Universal Music UK, Warner Music UK and Sony Music UK.
“Whether it’s racism and racism described by continued police brutality in America or anti-Semitic racism propagated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division,” it said. “We are in our worst position when we attack each other.
“Minorities of all backgrounds and religions have fought and suffered. We have painful memories of the Holocaust from slavery.
“All forms of racism have the same roots – ignorance, lack of education and procreation.
“We, the British music industry, are proud to be able to broaden our voices, to take responsibility, to speak and to stand together in solidarity. Silence is not an option.”
The letter added that music “brings joy and hope and unites us all” adding: “Through music, education and empathy we can find unity. We stand together now and our future generations to educate and eradicate racism.”
Willie – known as the “Godfather of Grimm” – made headlines recently after sharing several anti-Semitic series.
He was dropped from his management after a public boycott of social media networks and was later banned by Twitter.
In an interview with Sky News last week, Willie apologized for “generalizing” about Jews and said: “I’m not a racist.”
The organizers of the letter said that anyone who wants to add their name to the letter can do so next week.