Our residential Good Guy, Philanthropist, Activist and Rapper Extraordinaire, Chance The Rapper, sat down with The View for an in-depth conversation on race in America. On the morning of the 2017 NBA finals no less, the discussion was in response to the recent vandalism at Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James’ Los Angeles home, which included a racial slur and spray paint.
“It’s a common pattern in America’s history when people that look like me get to a certain point of success,” Chance explained. “LeBron James is, to me, the greatest of all time basketball player. People want to remind you how they view you as a second-class citizen. There’s not much you can do other than keep thriving.”
Chance’s passion for advocacy may just be hereditary as he comes from a long line of activists but as previously stated, don’t expect the Good Guy to run for office. He does, however, plan to continue his outreach and develop his artist support system, which was inspired by James’ influence.
“His involvement with the [NBA] Player’s Association and his commitment to making sure that everything is fair for the players is what I idolize,” Chance continued. “I want young artists to know that it’s very possible to have success in the music industry with your own guidance and your own team behind you.”
The Los Angeles Police Department identified the incident at James’ home as an act of vandalism and a hate crime, according to ESPN. “As I sit here on the eve of one of the greatest sporting events we have, race and what is going on comes again,” LeBron shared at a press conference.
“On my behalf, family’s behalf, I look at this as, if this sheds a light and continues to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I’m okay with it. My family is safe, that’s most important.”
“It just shows that racism will always be a part of the world, part of America,” he continued. “Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day. Even though it’s concealed most of the time, even though people hide their faces and will say things about you and when they see you, they’ll smile in your face, it’s alive every single day.”
Check out the video above and check out our cover story with Chance in our #BlackMusicIssue here.