A day after he announced a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools via his own foundation, Chance the Rapper took to his Twitter account with thanks “for investing in the kids,” including a shoutout to comedian Hannibal Buress.
But he also derided the ongoing spat between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, that manifested in a bout of name-calling Tuesday. The governor accused the mayor of having a “Napoleon complex” after the mayor called the governor “the emperor who wears no clothes.”
“This whole f—— thing is embarrassing to be honest,” Chance wrote.
Earlier in the day, the Jones College Prep grad tweeted that “Our donations link is back up and running now! Thank you for your overwhelming response yesterday guys #SupportCPS.”
And then to Buress, who went to Steinmetz High School, he wrote: “Thank you @hannibalburess for investing in the kids. #SupportCPS.”
The announcement that drew the attention of former first lady and South Side native Michelle Obama came with public pleas from Chance, the son of a former Emanuel adviser, for other corporations and celebrities to follow suit and contribute to CPS kids via Chance’s nonprofit organization, called SocialWorks.
SocialWorks also promised that for every $100,000 collected, it would send its own $10,000 donation to a specific school, starting with Westcott Elementary School, the site near Chance’s childhood family home, where he made Monday’s announcement in front of national news and entertainment reporters.
“Who wants to find out the other 9 Chicago public schools receiving $10,000 in funding this week,” he teased. None of their names have yet been disclosed.
SocialWorks co-founder Justin Cunningham promised answers “early next week,” so it’s not clear how much money has already been collected. A representative for Buress could not be reached.
“We’re grateful for Chance’s generosity in supporting arts education, and for using his star power to shine a light on the state’s shameful funding discrimination against Chicago students,” CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner said in responding to questions.
Chance had inserted himself into the political world of education funding after Rauner tweeted him congratulations for winning three Grammy awards. The 23-year-old rapper, born Chancelor Bennett, seized the moment to call for a meeting with the Republican governor — and landed one.
But Chance exited Friday’s meeting “frustrated” and “flustered,” complaining of vague answers from Rauner, who has borne the brunt of CPS’ blame for a $215 million budget gap that has threatened to cut the school year short, and on Monday, he told Rauner, “Do your job.”
In December, the governor vetoed legislation containing that money for teacher pensions after Democratic legislators didn’t hold up their end of the agreement to in turn enact statewide pension reform.
Rauner’s office said Monday that contributions alone cannot solve the school district’s financial troubles, noting that the wealthy governor and his wife have donated about $7 million to CPS over the years.
“It would be helpful if CPS officials came to Springfield and joined in serious good-faith discussions about the long-term stability of all of our schools,” gubernatorial spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said in a statement.