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Rihanna Speaks out on Racism in the UK and US

Monica Otayza
Apr 05, 2020
12:15 A.M.
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Rihanna speaks out about racism in the UK and the US, opening up about her own experience with it when she was still living in Barbados

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Rihanna has always made it known that she was born and raised in Barbados, but that her mom, Monica, was an immigrant to the island from Guyana, which is a former British colony in South America. 

Rihanna also decided to donate a whopping $5 million to help efforts that try to combat the highly-contagious Coronavirus.

Rihanna at the 1-Oak nightclub following the 2018 Grammy Awards on January 28,2018 in New York City | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

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GROWING UP IN BARBADOS

Back in Barbados, those who migrated from Guyanese were unpopular while she was growing up. As Rihanna would put it, "the Guyanese are like the Mexicans of Barbados." She went on to explain that this is the reason why she relates and empathizes with Mexicans and Latinos. 

"I really relate and empathize with Mexican people or Latino people who are discriminated against in America. I know what it feels like to have the immigration come into your home in the middle of the night and drag people out."

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EXPERIENCING RACISM AROUND THE WORLD

Rihanna clarified that her mother was a legal immigrant, but she's witnessed and has been in a situation where parents were dragged out in the middle of the night with their children watching in horror. Because of this, the singer reveals it's difficult to turn a blind eye. 

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The "Love On The Brain" singer adds that racism doesn't just happen in the US, but even in the UK where she currently resides. As it is a constant occurrence wherever she goes, it's given her a different perspective on the global struggle against injustice. 

"I think police brutality is probably extremely severe in America, but racism is alive everywhere. Everywhere." 

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DONATING TO CORONAVIRUS EFFORTS

Aside from speaking out against injustice and racism, Rihanna also decided to donate a whopping $5 million to help efforts that try to combat the highly-contagious Coronavirus.

Her donation will be used to fund Feeding America, Partners in Health, District Relief, The World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and the International Rescue Committee among many others. 

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