Kanye West has contributed a $2 million USD donation in support of the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, each who were killed by police officers in recent months. The donation includes legal fees for the Arbery and Taylor families who are currently seeking justice for the loss of their loved ones. The money will also go towards Black-owned business in his native Chicago currently in crisis given the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic.
Per CNN reporting, Kanye West’s representative stated that he established a 529 education plan for Gianna Floyd, George’s six-year-old-daughter. Kanye has yet to make a public statement about the current nationwide protests demanding changes to policing and mobilizing against America’s systemic racism. In the past, West has come under both pressure and scrutiny for his vocal support of current US President Donald Trump.
In a recent interview with GQ, West explained his viewpoint behind his political beliefs while grappling with his faith and the current administration. “We know who I’m voting on. And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over… That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?”
For more on how to support the current protests and Black Lives Matter movement, head to HYPEBEAST’s “How to Stay Informed, Vocal and Safe” feature. In related news, following the music industry’s Black Out Tuesday, musicians continue to voice their opinions and use their platform to amplify the calls for social justice reforms.