Earlier this week, Chance took to Twitter to defend his “brother-in-Christ,” Kanye West, during West’s right-wing, Trump-supporting diatribe saying that “black people don’t have to be democrats.”
While the statement seems simple enough and true (as Chance reiterated in his apology), the rapper faced a lot of criticism for seemingly supporting Trump. After the President tweeted Kanye has “performed a great service to the Black Community” and saying Chance “really [gets] it,” the rapper issued a long-winded mea culpa.
Chance called his original statement “a deflection from the real conversation” and explained that it was just “hard to see people talk about someone I love” and felt like Kanye, someone he considers like family, was being attacked. He was clear, however, that he does not support Trump or those ideals.
“I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism, and discrimination. I’d never support someone who’d talk about Chicago as if it’s hell on earth and take steps to make like harder for the most disenfranchised among us,” Chance wrote about Trump.
Many big names — like John Legend and Kanye West’s own wife, Kim Kardashian — tried to get the “I am a God” rapper to distance himself from Trump’s policies, so Chance’s apparent support shocked his fanbase.
Chance The Rapper has given over a million dollars to help young and disenfranchised children in Chicago, a place that Donald Trump has repeatedly chastised in the press. Chicago is also Kanye’s hometown and, ironically, the name of his youngest child.
(There is a lot to unpack here.)
In Chance’s statement, he went on to further apologize and dug in on his commitment as an advocate for the black community and the city of Chicago.
As for whatever is going on with Kanye West, Chance says he will just pick up the phone and call him.
For his part, Kanye is not quite ready to call himself a conservative, saying, “I haven’t done enough research on conservatives to call myself or be called one. I’m just refusing to be enslaved by monolithic thought.”