Though Kanye West has been quiet on social media, he’s actually been working behind the scenes to contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The normally outspoken rapper has also set up a college savings fund for George Floyd’s daughter.
Kanye has forked over $2 million worth of donations to African American people who have recently been killed unjustly. Some of that money is going to assist the families and legal teams fighting for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
As part of his donations, the rapper set up a 529 college savings fund for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. Floyd died on May 25th after officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground using his knee. Chauvin and three other police officers involved have been fired, arrested, and charged in a criminal case.
Additionally, Kanye is helping with legal costs for the families of Ahmaud Arbery. Two men fatally shot Arbery while he was on a jog. Breonna Taylor was shot in her home by police.
According to TMZ, the rapper is also donating to black-owned businesses in his hometown, Chicago, Illinois. After protests against racial injustice have continued, some businesses have been struggling amid looting by opportunists.
Ye has not spoken out online about the Black Lives Matter movement since the killing of Floyd. Though, he did post on Instagram for “Blackout Tuesday.”
However, he joined protesters in Chicago on Thursday evening. NBC Chicago’s Trina Orlando shared a video showing Kanye protesting alongside Chicago Public Schools students.
Kim Kardashian has taken to social media to speak out, though.
“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 that I can truly take on as my own,” Kim K started her post.
“Like so many of you, I am angry. I am more than angry. I am infuriated and I am disgusted.”
She continued, “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. 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 plagued by systemic racism, I know I can use my own voice to help amplify those voices that have been muffled for too long.”
Kim’s businesses will be donating to: