In wake of the worldwide protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd, many have been wondering why Kanye West — who is notorious for sharing his own opinions boi has not yet “spoke up” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
From Lady Gaga to Meghan Markle, or Neil Young to Star Wars actor John Boyega, hundreds of celebrities have expressed their support towards Black communities as well as their anger about systemic racism, however, West’s silence has been dubbed as “deafening” by many.
Though the 42-year-old musician’s absence from social media has left some convinced that he’s simply “ignoring” the problem, West has just donated US$2 million to support the families of not only Floyd, but Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor too.
On Thursday, a representative for the rapper told CNN that the hefty sum will go towards funding legal fees for both Arbery’s and Taylor’s families, while also providing financial aid for struggling Black business owners based in his hometown, Chicago.
On top of that, West set up a tax-advantaged savings plan, or a “529 education plan” to help cover future college tuition fees for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna Floyd.