Little Mix, Lewis Capaldi and Nile Rodgers among stars to sign anti-racism letter

Danny Thompson
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Nile Rodgers attends the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 9, 2020 in West hollywood, california. (Photo by Michael Tran / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Nile Rodgers at the Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards February 9, 2020 (Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Hundreds of people from the music industry have come together to write an open letter calling for an end to racism.

The letter, signed by all members of Little Mix, Chic star Nile Rodgers and singer Lewis Capaldi, urges people to "stand together" and "wipe out racism".

More than 700 people, including musicians, songwriters, producers and executives, have signed the letter, which makes reference to "anti-Jewish racism", in light of Wiley sharing anti-Semitic posts on Twitter.

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Other stars to have signed the letter include Rita Ora, The 1975, Clean Bandit, Yungblud, Labrinth, Biffy Clyro, Years & Years, Jess Glynne, Jonas Blue, Niall Horan and James Blunt, among many others.

The letter states: “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.

BANBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06:  Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall attend the launch of the PrettyLittleThing x Little Mix collection at Aynhoe Park House on November 6, 2019 in Banbury, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

“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 painful collective memories.

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Lewis Capaldi performs at The SSE Arena, Wembley on March 12, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Baker/Getty Images)
Lewis Capaldi performs at The SSE Arena, Wembley on March 12, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

“We, the British music industry are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take responsibility, to speak out and stand together in solidarity. Silence is not an option.”

The letter ends: “There is a global love for music, irrespective of race, religion, sexuality and gender. Music brings joy and hope and connects us all.

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“Through music, education and empathy we can find unity. We stand together, to educate and wipe out racism now and for our future generations.”

Wiley was dropped by his management after his tweets. He was also banned from Twitter after many users took part in a public boycott of the social media network.

Speaking to Sky News Wiley later apologised for "generalising" about Jewish people and insisted: "I'm not racist."