- Kanye West speaks with actions and sets up college tuition fund for Gianna Floyd, donates $2 million to families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Floyd, joins protest and pledges to help hometown Chicago black-owned business.
Kanye West is proving that actions are worth more than words, actions of equitable power towards real change. West has established a college fund for Gianna Floyd, George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, and donated $2 million, plus additional legal funding to help support the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, his representative announced Thursday. The billionaire business mogul, artist, and fashion designer pledged to help financially support the city’s black-owned business.
West also joined a youth-led protest Thursday in his hometown on Chicago’s South Side, which called for reinvesting funds to Chicago schools by defunding the police. The artist marched alongside hundreds of young and old that carried signs saying “black lives matter”.
The news comes after many fans and critics including music industry executives and radio personalities questioned West’s notorious outspoken absence in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the nationwide protests that demand justice for Floyd and the Black Lives Movement.
Lonita Baker, Louisville litigation attorney representing Taylor’s family, confirmed West’s offer to cover costs to pursue a wrongful death civil case against the Louisville Metro Police Department for justice to Breonna Taylor, an ER technician who was shot eight times in her South End apartment earlier this year by police who served a no-knock search warrant.
“Typically, the costs would be deducted from any recovery that the family may receive at the conclusion of the case,” said Baker. “Kanye wanted to ensure that the family would not have to bear the brunt of those costs.”
In the past, West has been at the forefront of fighting for a criminal justice reform to racism at the President’s Oval Office and has made various actionable philanthropic donations for change, including his foundation known as the Art of Culture whose mission is to cultivate creative potential through education and resources that empower the artist communities of Chicago.
The rapper has stood up to help communities by donated to Chicago’s We Women Empowered and Los Angeles’ Dream Center to help feed children and the elderly amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t know how to even put into words the miracle that happened today to change the course of the Southside of Chicago,” Josephine “Mother” Wade, We Women Empowered, said in an exclusive statement to People. “I am beyond gratified to know that in all of the suffering we have seen this week, through the tireless work to feed the hurting, hungry and lonely — all of the sudden, out of the clear blue, we get a call from heaven that someone wants to help. And in one phone call, in an instance today, our world was changed.”
“Today when I got that call, that Kanye West wanted to help the elderly in Chicago and he chose his hometown in the Southside, his old neighborhood, I was beyond words,” Wade adds. “These people being given this gift, literally of life, are not going to believe that one of the world’s greatest young visionaries and this wise man stepped up to the plate and chose to help our work, bringing help and healing through my efforts as the ‘mother’ of this city. I was so excited today that I was weak trying to take in what has happened through Mr. West to feed these seniors. We have been on the battle field for a long time and it couldn’t get any better than it did today!”
West serves as an example to follow to see change happen beyond words. Along with joining protests to get your voice heard, and reading and researching, here are some actionable ways to advocate for justice:
- Donate to a Bail Fund
- Donate to Memorial Aid and Black-led Organizations: