Kanye West has made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
West also established a 529 education plan to fully cover college tuition for Gianna Floyd, the 6-year-old daughter of George Floyd, who was killed last Monday at the hands of four Minneapolis Police officers.
Gianna is six years old and was recently seen on her uncle’s shoulders saying: ‘Daddy changed the world.’ Her mother said she told Gianna the father died because he couldn’t breathe.
The donation includes funding for legal fees for Arbery and Taylor’s families, along with black-owned businesses in crisis in his native Chicago and other cities.
Arbery was killed by white men who hunted him down and shot him while he was out jogging in Georgia. They said he fit the description of a burglary suspect. Three white men have been arrested in his death.
Taylor was killed when plainclothes policemen broke into her Louisville, Kentucky apartment and sprayed bullets around the place while she was sleeping. They said they were looking for a male drug dealer, even though that man was already in custody. The FBI has opened an investigation into her death.
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West has not spoken about the Black Lives Matter moment since the killing of Floyd but he posted on Instagram for ‘blackout Tuesday’ – a campaign where brands agreed not to buy or sell for a day in order to focus on matters of racial inequality.
West’s donation comes as demonstrations against Floyd, Arbery and Taylor’s deaths have taken place in US 50 states and across the world.
Many voices in entertainment are calling for an end to systematic racism, police brutality and action from political leadership.
Three of the Minneapolis Police officers arrested in Floyd’s death made their first court appearance Thursday afternoon, as the Floyd family holds the first of several planned memorial services.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who pinned Floyd to the ground by his neck for nearly 9 minutes, was arrested last week and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. On Wednesday, prosecutors charged him with a more serious count of second-degree murder.