In a land of liberty, you should be free to spend your money as you please. And I can respect anyone who puts theirs where their mouth is.
For instance, if you’re a rich person who sides with financial equality through laws which take money from typical Americans, you only have to do one thing for me to respect your position: Give away all your and your household’s money. As well as your things — all that you have now, and all that you’d ever have otherwise.
Except — that is — for an amount similar to a typical U.S. household.
In 2018, the median household income was $63,179.
So if movie star X tells median Americans they should be adversely impacted by tax policy Y — and if that star earns $10 million per year — all they need to do is dump $9,936,821 annually and I’m all ears.
Otherwise, to me, their claims come off as comical.
And if I may say so, there’s a lot of people out there yukkin’ it up.
But rap star/cultural conundrum Kanye West isn’t being funny — he supports the families of Georgia shooting victim Ahmaud Arbery, Kentucky shooting victim Breonna Taylor, and recent Minnesota victim George Floyd.
And he’s not just paying lip service; he’s not merely tweeting a hashtag.
Kanye’s doing what I rarely see celebrities do in substantial form: He’s taking his cash and giving it away.
Kanye’s donated $2 million, so far, to the cause and set up a 529 college savings fund to fully cover tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. He’s also made a separate donation to cover the legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families.
He’s also investing in business:
Along with that, a rep confirms Kanye’s donating to several black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago and nationwide that have been in crisis and impacted by the unrest in the U.S.
Kanye West has made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbrery and Breonna Taylor, along with black-owned businesses in crisis in his native Chicago, a representative for West says https://t.co/eqtUF9A4df
— CNN (@CNN) June 4, 2020
As I said, I can respect those who put their money where their mouths are. And Kanye’s doing just that.
He’s making an effort that’s constructive — meaning, it’s intended to build things. To make a positive change.
As we’re inundated by destruction as of late, here’s someone trying to do good.
One of the songs from West’s most recent best-selling Christian album is “Jesus Walks.” Well, in this case, so does Kanye. Rather than just talking.
And I applaud him, most of all for doing what can be taken seriously. If the man says he wants to help — unlike so many privileged purveyors of empty words — I can believe him.
Kanye West | Jesus Walks pic.twitter.com/hDCsI1Ko6c
— HipHopHotspot (@HipHopxHotspot) June 1, 2020
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