Chance the Rapper is donating a Million dollars to his hometown’s school system
One of Chicago’s favorites son’s is putting his money where his mouth is by giving back to the youth. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions” said the 23-year-old rapper. At his press conference to announce the donation he mentioned that he had a call scheduled with another Chicago rapper Common to discuss the raising of funds.
Chance isn’t just trying to donate to be cool, he is what the kids like to say “about that life”. Meaning he is “about that giving back and being positive life”, last November 7th as we were leading up to the election Chance led a parade to the polls and gave a free concert in Chicago to get kids out to vote. His quote about not letting political positions dictate the lives of these youth was on point because federal funding and the shifting of these funds has dictated the lives of millions in the last 15-20 years as inner city schools and programs like recreation centers has been defunded. Schools lose funding for supplies as updated textbooks, computers and other necessities to ensure a successful education for these children.
Last August when it was misreported that he would be at a forum on the responsibility of celebrities and athletes to speak on issues. Even though he wouldn’t be attending the forum he dropped a few thoughts on the topic. He said that “it is up to the courts it is the responsibility of our courts systems to fully represent & work for the people in all cases of murder”. He didn’t stop there he also stated that “it is the responsibility of all media outlets to correctly label all killings by 1st responders as what they are: Murders.” These tweets and a few others that day on the court system and media’s responsibility to be fair to the victims of murder by first responders was consistent with his public showing of unity in a video with other celebrities following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling last summer.
Chance continuously through his music and actions exhibit to the desire to help his city and this donation of a million dollars to the Chicago Public School system was just another example of his diligence in doing so.