Kanye West has joined the Black Lives Matter protests in Chicago.
The Jesus Is King rapper was spotted on Thursday in a dark hoodie and his Yeezy apparel while sporting a black face mask amid a large crowd of Chicago Public Schools students who were demanding CPS cancel their contract with the Chicago Police Department.
Kanye attempted to remain relatively low-key during the demonstration, but was seen exchanging supportive hugs with some of the protesters.
Take a look at footage caught by fans and reporters:
It’s interesting to watch as the father of four hasn’t publicly shared any words about the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Minneapolis resident who died after former police officer Derek Chauvin pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Statement or not, he proved actions speak louder than words. Hours before West made an appearance at a protest yesterday, it was revealed he donated $2 million to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Floyd, in addition to setting up a 529 college savings fund to fully cover the tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. The artist-turned-fashion designer made a separate donation to cover the legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families and has plans to donate to several black-owned businesses in his hometown and throughout the country that have been affected.
Wife Kim Kardashian West has been vocal about her support of the movement, as well as with monetary aid. In her first Instagram statement on Saturday, the reality TV star expressed her “outrage” over Floyd’s death, writing:
“For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight I can truly taken on as my own. Not today, not anymore. Like so many of you, I am angry. I am more than angry. I am infuriated and I am disgusted. I am exhausted by the heartbreak I feel seeing mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children suffering because their loved one was murdered or locked away unjustly for being black.”
The aspiring lawyer continued:
“Even though I will never know the pain and suffering they have endured, or what it feels like to try to survive in a world plagues by systemic racism, I know I can use my own voice to help amplify those voices that have been muffled for too long.”
Her brand KKW Beauty announced on Thursday they would be “donating across organizations focused on making change and fighting racial injustice: Black Lives Matter (@blklivesmatter), NAACP Legal Defense Fund (@naacp_ldf), National Urban League (@naturbanleague) and Color of Change (@colorofchange).”
We’re happy to see Kim putting up money as for years she has benefited from appropriation of black culture. Do U think Mrs. West will be joining her hubby in Chi, too??
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