African-American Rapper, Chance the Rapper just proved once again how he’s the realest guy around, donating a cool $1 million to the Chicago public school system after he had an unproductive meeting with the state’s governor over lack of funding. “Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today. Please don’t let that become the narrative. Monday morning I’ll have a plan, he promised back on Mar. 3 and he wasn’t kidding! “Our kids should not be held hostage by political positions,” he announced during a Mar. 6 news conference at Chicago’s Westcott Elementary School where he presented the giant check.
Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner is holding back $215 million in funding for Chicago’s public schools as he’s in a battle with state legislators over pension reforms. The Grammy-Award Winner pointed out that means that 380,000 kids would have their school year end 13 days early, and without that adult supervision could be put in harm’s way. Chicago is currently the murder capital of the U.S. with a whopping 800 plus homicides in 2016. “While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable public resource — its children,” he said.
His money is earmarked to help school arts programs, noting that, “As an artist and an after school teacher, I know the arts are essential. They teach students invaluable lessons like practice makes perfect, that small differences can have large effects, and that collaboration leads to creativity.”
Needless to say, fans were so incredibly moved by his gesture and immediately his incredible act of generosity went viral, trending on Twitter for hours. He’s still an independent artist without a record label, and all of the money he’s putting up is from his upcoming tour’s ticket sales.