In his hometown of Chicago, Kanye west officially joined protests against police violence, according to various media. He also put his money where his mouth is, pledge $ 2 million to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, as well as the creation of a 529 university savings fund for Floyd’s daughter Gianna, who is now only six years old.
Black-owned businesses in Chicago and around the country are also receiving financial support from West, according to a spokesperson via TMZ, in addition to the $ 2 million commitment.
Arbery was killed by police in Georgia while Taylor was killed in Louisville, Kentucky, and the bulk of West’s $ 2 million is intended to cover the legal costs of their families in their impending court battle with the services of police involved, so West’s donation is consistent with the national scale of these protests.
Normally, of course, in cases like this, family lawyers work on a contingent basis, taking their fees as a percentage of the money given to their clients. Lonita Baker is a lawyer in Louisville, representing the Taylor family, and she said USA today West specifically requested his donation to avoid this cut being necessary:
“As a general rule, the costs would be deducted from any recovery the family might receive after the case … Kanye wanted to ensure that the family would not have to bear the brunt of these costs.”
West is one of the many celebrities to have taken part in various manifestations of police violence across the country, and he is not even the only one in his household to make a financial commitment to the cause. Kim Kardashian recently asked Twitter to help identify a woman named Shannyn Sharyse Nara who was photographed after being injured by a rubber bullet during a demonstration, asking her supporters to help her contact Nara so that she can help cover her medical expenses if necessary.