Kanye West has remained mostly silent regarding the murder of George Floyd, which has sparked international protests. However, that did not stop the Chicago rapper from pitching in to show his support.
On Thursday, the newly appointed billionaire announced that he had established a 529 college savings fund to cover tuition costs for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. His generosity did not cap there. The “All Falls Down” rapper also donated $2 million to charities associated with Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Floyd and pledged to pay for all legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families.
According to TMZ, Ye will also be making donations to black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago as well as nationwide.
Kanye has not spoken out publicly, but his wife Kim Kardashian has joined the fight for justice. Her companies Skims, KKW Beauty, and KKW Fragrance will be donating to organizations focused on making change and fighting racial injustice. “We firmly believe that #BlackLivesMatter and we are committed to supporting and participating in the change that needs to take place,” Kim said in a statement.
Many celebrities have gone above and beyond to donate to the cause, including Kanye’s equally famous wife, Kim Kardashian, who’s shapewear company SKIMS donated to several organizations including Color of Change and National Urban League.
The donation from Kanye, who has been an avid supporter of Donald Trump, comes as a surprise to some who did not believe that the sneaker and rap mogul would be down to donate to black causes. However, he was spotted at a Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago on Thursday, making it clear that he stood in support of the black community.
While we may not always agree with Ye, his contribution has been much appreciated.