Kanye West – While other big names on music industry are making their move to support the Black Lives Matter Movement that demands justice for the inhumane violence against the Black Community.
True enough, the Rap star Kanye West is not the image of the Black Lives Matter movement; he constantly expressed his support for President Donald Trump and for conservative activist Candace Owens, a prominent opposition of the Black Lives Matter Movement. And for the surprise, the rapper has also remained publicly silent and apolitical in the wake of George Floyd’s death, which has erupted relentless protests across the country and impassioned calls and demand to action from many celebrities. However, Kanye West has finally shared his wealth where his political stance does the opposite.
Moreover, the rapper has launched $2 million to help support the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, a representative for West announced Thursday, including funding legal fees for Taylor and Arbery’s families. West also set up a college fund to fully cover tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, and will be contributing to black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago.
Coincidentally, the official announcement have been released by Forbes on the same day, Kanye West is named as recently minted billionaire and the highest-paid musician and second-highest-paid celebrity in the world, behind only his sister-in-law Kylie Jenner.
Arbery, who was killed by two white civilians in Georgia while jogging, and Taylor, who was shot in her Louisville home by police, were killed earlier this year, before Floyd’s killing by a white Minneapolis police officer helped catalyze outrage around their deaths, and those of the many other black individuals killed by police, into a wave of protest. Derek Chauvin, the officer who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, has been charged with second-degree murder. The three other officers who were on the scene, including two who restrained Floyd, were also arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Meanwhile, Arbery’s killers were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in May, more than two months after Arbery’s death. The FBI has opened an investigation into Taylor’s death, and her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. None of the officers involved have been charged with a crime.
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Campaign Zero, which is dedicated to ending police brutality in America through research-based strategies.
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Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal services to people who have been wrongly convicted, denied a fair trial or abused in state jails and prisons.