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Donald Trump, Chance the Rapper, and Chicago: Why the city needs help more than ever

Chance has recently put his money where his mouth is, but will it do for the battleground of a city?

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Of all the scare tactics used in last year's election coverage, there remained an issue only seldom mentioned, but all too real to many Americans here at home: the escalating violence taking place in the city of Chicago.

Through a mixture of widespread corruption within the political sphere, and a gang culture which has a stranglehold on the Southside, the average citizen is usually caught in the middle of an uphill battle. Putting his money where his mouth is, proud Chicago son Chance the Rapper has donated $1 million to the Chicago public education system, in a show of giving back to the city that raised him.

2016 was one of the deadliest years in the city's history, when after a decade of relatively stable homicide figures, 762 people were murdered in Chicago. For comparison, 2013 had about 421 homicides during the whole year. By the start of the summer in 2016, there had already been over 500. Not even a week after his inauguration, Donald Trump tweeted that if the "carnage" taking place in the city wasn't quelled, then he would have to send in federal support from Washington.

Ever since his come-up in the rap game with the critically acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap, Chance has always paid respect to his hometown, while also putting a spotlight on the crime epidemic which Trump has declared "totally out of control." In a song called "Paranoia," Chano poignantly describes what it's like seeing the violence firsthand, while the rest of America sits back like it's business as usual:

They murking kids; they murder kids here
Why you think they don't talk about it? They deserted us here
Where the f*ck is Matt Lauer at? Somebody get Katie Couric in here
Probably scared of all the refugees, look like we had a f*ckin' hurricane here
They'll be shooting whether it's dark or not, I mean, the days is pretty dark a lot
Down here, it's easier to find a gun than it is to find a f*cking parking spot
No love for the opposition, specifically a cop position
Cause they've never been in our position

For all the things you have to deal with living in Chicago, Chance has nevertheless embraced the city and supported it time and time again. And again, we'll try to follow his example.

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