Kanye West has reportedly donated $2 million to benefit the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, whose recent killings in police custody have collectively resulted in the explosive resurgence of the “Black Lives Matter” and civil justice movements with protests in cities across America and other countries.
According to Billboard, West, who earned a reported $170 million over the past year, has set up a 529 education plan for George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, Gianna, while also covering any legal costs for Arbery and Taylor’s families. West’s wife, socialite and reality television star Kim Kardashian, has also offered to cover medical expenses for some protestors who have suffered physical wounds during the ongoing protests over the past week.
Some fans have wondered where Kanye, who has been outspoken in his support for Donald Trump in recent years, would react to the current situation as the President continues to take a hardline stance against the ongoing protests for justice and racial equality. In 2018, West even released a track entitled “Ye vs. the People” in which he debates with “the People” (voiced by fellow rapper T.I.) about his seemingly contradictory political views.
Kanye West, T.I. – “Ye vs. the People”
The infamously vocal Kanye West, however, has been notably silent on his political views throughout the ongoing protests calling for justice for George Floyd. In addition to making the generous donation, West was spotted taking part in peaceful demonstrations in his hometown of Chicago earlier this week. Considering his support of the protestors and the families of the victims, it seems that Kanye may finally be siding with “the People” after all.
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Last Christmas, West released the debut album from his Sunday Service Choir, appropriately titled Jesus Is Born.