Kanye West has donated $2 million to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, victims who were murdered at the hands of police brutality.
A representative for West told Variety that the rapper —who was recently topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid musicians— donated $2 million to various charities aimed to support the families.
In addition to this, Kanye West made a separate donation to assist covering the legal costs for Arbery and Taylor’s family. He also established a 529 education plan to cover college tuition for Gianna Floyd — daughter of George Floyd.
West’s donation comes following several other notable artists including The Weeknd, Drake, Bon Iver and other musicians donating funds towards non-profit organizations and other groups aimed to provide financial help to the families of the victims, and to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kanye West had remained silent amongst the uproar in light of the Black Lives Matter protests until now. As well as his financial contributions, the musician was seen hitting the streets of Chicago in protest.
— Trina Orlando (@TrinaOrlando) June 5, 2020
West’s wife Kim Kardashian released a statement earlier this week, addressing police brutality. “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 that I can truly take on my own,” she wrote on Instagram.
“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.”