Chance the Rapper’s commitment to the public education system in Chicago is well documented, as Chance has donated $1,000,000 of his own money while raising millions of dollars more through other sources.
Chance’s efforts to improve Chicago’s public education system continued today, as he appeared at a Chicago city council meeting to oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed $95 million police academy.
However, it appears that Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel didn’t have time for Chance’s quarrel with his police academy plan as he exited the room before the outspoken and philanthropic rapper began to speak.
“What is y’all doing? It doesn’t make sense. I’m very confused,” Chance said.
“I’ve been asking for money for over a year now to fund these classrooms and, on the 4th of July weekend, they announced in like a cool financing way that . . . they’re proposing to build a $95 million cop academy.”
Chance showed up to a city council meeting to speak to some of Chicago’s leaders about the importance of funding education. Well, he tried to talk to some of the city’s leaders anyway. Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel walked out on Chance before he even had the opportunity to open his mouth.
Specifically, Chance was on-hand to oppose Emanuel’s efforts to invest $95 million into a brand new police academy for the city, citing the huge gap in education funding. “I guess the mayor had to step out, but it’s cool, it’s cool because I’m here to talk to you guys right now,” he said near the top of his speech. “It’s a very simple thing you guys have to do, we should understand financially that this proposed plan doesn’t make sense. We don’t have $95 million…there are a lot of different services that need to be funded.”
Nevertheless, Chance eloquently stated his opinion, urging the Chicago city council to redirect some of those proposed funds to the public school system.
Either way, whether or not Emanuel’s plan goes through our not, we have a feeling that Chance is going to be an agent of change in Chicago for a long time to come.