‘When the government and powers that be have turned their back on you, we’re here. We’re here, we’ve got you, we’re not letting this go’
The rapper, who’s been a vocal supporter of Grenfell survivors and critical of the government’s inaction from the very beginning, spoke at the Grenfell United event on YouTube last night (June 14), where he joined the likes of Adele in reflecting on the disaster, which killed 72 people in 2017.
“I said I was just gonna put the camera on and just talk from my heart instead of trying to prepare anything, I didn’t want this to sound like it came from anywhere other than my heart,” Stormzy said.
“To all the people of Grenfell, we’re still mourning with you, so to anyone watching this let’s use this time, let’s use today to stand in solidarity with them and say that we ain’t forgotten you. We love you, we’re here for you,” he explained.
“When the government and powers that be have turned their back on you, we’re here. We’re here, we’ve got you, we’re not letting this go,” he added. “It’s become my duty – and everyone else’s duty – to make sure we never forget this.”
Back in November, the rapper called for the resignation of Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg after he made hateful comments suggesting that the victims of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire lacked “common sense” for not fleeing the burning building.
“Let this be a constant reminder, let this be a constant dark stain on British society in terms of that many lives lost and the world kept moving. There’s not been any justice. Let that be a constant reminder,” he concluded.
Earlier this month, Stormzy announced that he will donate £10 million to Black British causes across the course of the next ten years. The donations will go towards organisations, charities, and movements that are committed to fighting racial inequality, justice reform, and Black empowerment within the UK.