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Richie Sambora, Nile Rodgers & more musicians sign open letter protesting racism

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Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesA variety of U.K. musicians, as well as several non-British artists including ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Chic's Nile Rodgers, have signed an open letter condemning racism and calling out the rest of the music industry to do the same.

"We, representatives from the music industry, write to demonstrate and express our determination, that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause," the letter opens.

"In recent months through a series of events and incidents, the anti-black racists and anti-semites, plus those who advocate islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, have repeatedly demonstrated that they clearly want us all to fail," it continues. "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. We are at our worst when we attack one another."

Ultimately, the letter declares that "silence is not an option."

"We, the British music industry are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take responsibility, to speak out and stand together in solidarity," it reads.

Other artists who signed the letter include founding Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, Rita Ora, Niall Horan, James Blunt, Leona Lewis, Lily Allen, Bastille, Placebo, Biffy Clyro and dozens of others, as well as Two Door Cinema Club, and a bevy of songwriters, producers, managers, agents and record labels.

You can read the whole letter at Medium.com.

By Josh Johnson
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