Chance The Rapper: Obama Being in Office Doesn’t Stop Systemic Racism
During a stop in London, BBC’s DJ Semtex had the opportunity to talk to 22-year-old Chance The Rapper. The Chicago native begins by speaking on his track “Pusha Man/Paranoia” off his highly-acclaimed project Acid Rap, as it pertains to the violence in his hometown.
Chance was then asked about fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama’s achievements as POTUS and his role as a Black man in confronting racism during the intense climate of racial issues in today’s society.
“I think Barack Obama achieved a lot. There’s a lot of monumental establishments that have come from him being in office, but I think the problem of systematic racism and second class citizens – it’s something that’s perpetual through history…I don’t think it’s necessarily something you put the first Black man in office to change. I don’t think putting the first Black man in office is a sign of change,” exalts the young entertainer.
Chance, who worked with then-Senator Barack Obama as a teen, has hosted a number of events to try to help curb the violence in Chicago, including #SaveChicago; a peaceful campaign he started with his father, Ken Bennett, a former Obama aide.