Though some of his past actions have been a little questionable, I think Kanye West is finally getting back to “normal.” That doesn’t mean we forgot about the things he did in the past like the whole “slavery is a choice” conversation or the MAGA hat situation, but it’s good to see him using his platform and privilege to do good for the Black community.
As the riots and protests for George Floyd and many other Black lives that were mercilessly taken as a result of racism and hate continue, more and more celebrities and influencers have begun to speak out about the situation. Many wondered why Kanye, the most outspoken, opinionated rapper artist, has yet to be added to this list. Well, Kanye, decided that actions speak louder than words.
Kanye took to the streets of his hometown, Chicago, and marched with fellow protesters who had the goal of “demanding that Chicago keeps police officers out of their schools,” according to NBC Chicago. He didn’t just stop there. He also donated $2 million to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, as well as Ahmaud Arbery to help with legal expenses as well as funeral expenses. Along with this, the rapper opened up a college fund for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter Gianna for when she’s older. It’s amazing to see celebrities doing what they can to help others when they’re granted the chance.
Does all of this allow people to overlook things Kanye has said and done in the past? Maybe not, but it does show the world that he is still someone who cares about his community, wants to encourage others to help when and how they can, and is doing his part to help others. I love seeing people, especially people from my city that I look up to, making a significant difference and taking the time to fight for a cause, even if it isn’t something that affects them as much as others. Thank you Kanye for showing support to not only our city, but also the families of those who are still grieving.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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