Together, the declaration says, they hope “to demonstrate and express our determination, that love, unity and friendship, not division and hate, must and always will be our common cause.”
The statement, which will also appear as a letter in print and social media in the coming days, is also signed by artists Calum Scott, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Years & Years, Placebo, Goldie and Jess Glynne, alongside major brands and publishers such as Sony, Parlophone, Polydor, Universal and Warner Chappell Music UK.
A prominent signer, Markell Casey, senior creative director of influential publisher Pulse Music Group in Los Angeles, spoke on Saturday of his commitment to respond. “It is important to show solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters. We are all human and we cannot turn a blind eye to racism, ”he said.
Casey, who works with songwriter and producer James Blake, said now is the time to be better informed about our shared history. “Jews and blacks have historically worked together to end discrimination,” he said. “The positive contributions of Jews to black civil rights in the United States and South Africa should not be overlooked.”
The list of signatories is remarkable, not only for the numbers rushed together in a campaign orchestrated in part from the home of A&R leader Alistair Goldsmith, with the help of his wife, former Labor MP Luciana Berger, but also for the wide range of talents that have rallied. Along with young talent such as Clean Bandit, MNEK, and Naughty Boy are established names in the industry like Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers and Niall Horan, formerly of One Direction.
Last weekend, Wiley began posting a series of anti-Semitic tweets and then compared the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan. The explosion is now believed to have occurred following a recent argument between the rapper and his former manager, who is Jewish.
At the end of last week, Twitter banned the artist from their site and also apologized for taking too long to respond. Wiley also tried to apologize. “I just want to apologize for generalizing and pulling out people I was talking to in the workspace and the workplace I work in,” he said, claiming he was not racist.
British black newspaper the Voice was criticized for posting an inflammatory interview with Wiley, in which he asked if “in his declamations were there any salient points?” On Friday, he deleted the online version, claiming he had “not done so, and he is again clear, supported or in any way tolerated Wiley’s outbursts that the Jewish community finds offensive. We do not support stereotypes of any race or group. “