Chance the Rapper and Chicago – One of Our Own
Chance the Rapper is quickly becoming one of my favorite people. From the beginning, he’s made Prince-like moves with regards to the relationships he has formed within the music industry all the way up to his political stance (encouraging people to vote and even hosting a free concert which immediately followed a rally to the polls for early voting), which has been consistent in bringing about change, positivity, and goodness for his city, Chicago.
I am in awe of the work that Chance has been doing lately. Upon winning a Grammy for “Best New Artist” just a few weeks ago, Chance donated one million dollars to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system, following an unproductive meeting with the Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner. Where Chance reported saying, “take our kids off the table” in response to a $129 million budget deficit for educational resources in the city, he immediately called the governor to “do (your) job” as the educational deficit of the city has some alarming effects, including talks of cutting the school year short by 20 days.
Chance’s inspiring move was praised by our favorite FLOTUS, Michelle Obama and many others. But it was also not met without its negative punches. Negative Nancys and Neds have criticized his donated efforts with remarks of how “it won’t change anything” and the like. And this is precisely why many people say that black people are simply not united.
When there is someone in our community out there that is doing something, even in a seemingly small way, to help bring forth change, we need to support and encourage, not tear down and become pessimistic. For Chance to donate $1 million dollars to the CPS when he didn’t have to is a huge step in the right direction. For any celebrity to put their money where their mouth is, step outside of the glitz and glamour of their current lifestyle and give back to their community should be glorified and appreciated. This is a full circle moment for Chance and we should be extremely proud of him and glad to call him one of our own.
I, for one, am glad to call Chance one of our own!
Catch the article on his inspiring move here