Chance The Rapper Cautions Obama Over Presidential Library Plans

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Chance The Rapper speaks his mind, even if the views may not always be popular with his fans, critics, or friends in very important places.

“Lil Chano From 79th” is presently standing against his Presidential pal Barack Obama. Chance took to Twitter yesterday (May 23) to offer his opinion about the 44th Commander-In-Chief’s Presidential Center. Since Calvin Coolidge, all US Presidents have built Presidential libraries in their hometowns. While historically funded through the National Archives and Records Administration, Barack Obama has opted to fund and operate his center through The Obama Foundation privately. It will be the first such library in Chicago, Illinois, a city that the former President has called home for years. It is also causing controversy for some locals, including Chance.

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“I’m excited for the Obama Presidential Library but if there’s no Community Benefits Agreement, if City Council won’t hear the residents of Woodlawn and Southshore, it ruins the legacy and puts folk at risk #ObamaCBA,” he tweeted.

According to Kyana Butler, a youth organizer and member of the Obama Community Benefits Coalition, the center would be welcome in the neighborhood but only if there’s a pledge that it would financially, among other means, support the Jackson Park neighborhood where it would be located. She also thanked Chance for speaking out.

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“It’s exciting to see that Chance supports us,” Butler told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s bringing more voice to what we’ve been said for months.” So far, Barack Obama has refused to sign an agreement that would hold the Obama Foundation accountable for investments in the Jackson Park neighborhood. The center is still currently under federal review.

Previously, Chance performed at the inaugural Obama Foundation in late 2017.

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This is not the first time Chance The Rapper has been invested in the happenings of the Windy City. He was a vocal critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to build a new, $95 million police and fire academy and also donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. Notably, Chance happens to be the son of Ken Bennett, a former aide, and personal friend to both Emanuel and Barack and Michelle Obama.