Chance the Rapper is putting his money where his mouth is, and this past week, donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools:
"This check that I donated is a call to action. I'm challenging major companies in Chicago and all across the U.S. to take action."
Chance , an outspoken critic of the political gridlock surrounding Chicago’s socioeconomic inequality—in 2015 the Brookings Institution cited data showing Chicago to be the most segregated major metropolitan area in America, and that the income disparity between white and black Chicagoans has increased 2000 and 2012—shouted at the governor during the meeting:
“Governor Rauner, do your job!”
The Chicago Public School system faces a $215 million budget shortfall pitting the the governor and CPS against one another over the system's failure to finance teacher pensions aftre Rauner vetoed a bill that would've funded CPS teachers' pensions.
"Our kids should not be held hostage because of political position. 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 possibly be put in harm's way. While I'm frustrated and disappointed in the governor's inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all I can to support Chicago's most valued resources, its children."—Chance the Rapper
Rappers get a bad, um, rap, because many seem to live a life of excess, with cars and jewelry, and women, have inflated egos about their own self-worth ... Kanye ... but Chance is trying to use his fame, and his fortunes, to help the school system in Chicago, the teachers and the students.
Can’t beat that.