British born grime and hip hop artist, who is also of Ghanaian heritage, Michael Kwadjo Omari aka ‘Stormzy’, has criticised the Metropolitan Police of racism after a drug bust was linked to the Notting Hill Carnival on social media.
The Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place in London each year is said to attract some one million people and is organised by the British West Indian community. After the police boasted on social media of seizing heroine in Catford ahead of the multicultural festival, Stormzy shot back on Twitter enquiring why the police had failed to place the same level of scrutiny on Glastonbury. He posted: ‘How many drugs did you seize in the run up to Glastonbury or we only doing tweets like this for black events?’
The sale and use of drugs have often been prevalent at music festivals, and are known to have caused several deaths among revellers many of them teenagers. Stormzy, who is a community activist, obviously realises this problem but wants the police to adopt an across board approach rather than cherry picking and publicising drug busts allegedly related to multicultural festivals.
While the Metropolitan Police insists this exercise will go on to ensure the safety of revellers at festivals, it would be good to see them apply the same level of scrutiny to all festivals for : what is good for the goose is surely good for the gander.