Chance The Rapper is trying to be the superhero Chicago desperately needs right now.
While the President is so busy threatening to “clean up” the city by force, Chance is taking his efforts to those who need it the most–the public school children who are far too often lost in the crossfire between rival gangs, the drug game, and the neighborhoods they have to navigate to get home.
After pledging $1M of his own money to the Chicago public school system when budget cuts were announced; the Grammy Award-winning, “No Problem” rapper held a press conference announcing the Chicago Bulls will be matching his donation, as well as revealing his new “New Chance Arts & Literature” fund, which will be starting this fall:
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 31, 2017
Chance has been vocal in his disappointment for Chicago public officials, who he feels have pushed such critical issues to the back burner, opting to take desperately needed dollars out of the school system for other projects around the city.
Our kids should not be held hostage because of political position,” Chance said at his previous press conference. “If the governor does not act, CPS will be forced to end school 13 days early, which means over 380,000 kids will not have adult supervised activities in June and could be placed in harm’s way. While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the Governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from doing all i can to help Chicago’s most valuable resource, Chicago’s kids.”
Chance is to be applauded for his efforts. Chicago is in a literal crisis right now and far too many young people that make it out successfully aren’t giving back effectively.
With organizations like the Chicago Bulls & others recognizing this need/opportunity to make a difference; hopefully tangible changes happen at the public school level that positive effect these student’s daily experiences.