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Kanye West Joins Black Lives Matter Protest In The Streets Of Chicago

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By Chris Barilla

Despite remaining relatively silent up until this point in regards to social justice efforts and protests erupting nationwide, it appears that artist Kanye West is taking a stance against police brutality, joining a Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago and marching with locals in solidarity.

West, who is a notoriously controversial figure, especially when it comes to political points, has quietly taken this physical stance, on top of a massive monetary contribution to a variety of organizations and families directly affected by police brutality.

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The 'Jesus Is King' rapper was spotted out in the streets donning a dark colored Yeezy hoodie and a black face mask, moving through the crowd at a relatively low profile to not attract attention to himself.

This particular protest was an organization largely comprised of Chicago Public School students who were marching to protest the district's contract with Chicago Police to provide extra security within schools. Despite keeping a low profile, the rapper was seen hugging a few fellow protestors and sharing choice words with others.

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Although West has not issued an official statement on the matter, he discreetly donated $2 million to familes who have had to deal with losing someone to racial injustice, including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.

Beyond the individual contributions to the affected families, West also set up a 529 college savings fund for Floyd's six year old daughter, Gianna, to ensure that she will be well taken care of in her eventual educational pursuits and life as a whole.

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Although West himself has been silent on social media about the nationwide protests and discussion regarding societal change, his wife, Kim Kardashian, has spoken out vocally about equal rights and accountability within the ​police on Instagram.

"For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight I can truly taken on as my own," she wrote.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West photographed together
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"Not today, not anymore. Like so many of you, I am angry. I am more than angry. I am infuriated and I am disgusted. I am exhausted by the heartbreak I feel seeing mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers​ and children suffering because their loved one was murdered or locked away unjustly for being black," Kardashian concluded her wordy statement about the injustices many Americans have felt at the hands of corrupt police officers and others who choose to project racially insensitive viewpoints.

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