In a recent interview with BBC’s Dj Semtex, Chance was questioned about Obama’s performance as president amid the recent racial tensions that have taken over the country. The 22-year-old rapper worked with then-senator Obama back in his hometown of Chicago, and has actively been instrumental in launching different political campaigns with his father, like last year’s #SaveChicago campaign in efforts to stop gun violence in the city on Memorial Day weekend.
“I think Barack Obama achieved a lot,” he said. “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. Especially with darker people. It doesn’t just stop in America. 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.”
“I think there are certain things – like I said – systemically, politically, socially that need to take place on both sides of it, from the people and the people that we put in place that could change stuff,” he continued. “But I think Barack Obama has done some great things.”
Despite giving President Obama a co-sign for taking action in Chi-Town, he admitted more things still need to be done, and more people need to get involved.
“That’s objective, because I’ve worked with the city. I’ve worked with the neighborhoods, and one of the people I consider allies would be the president,” he said. “He’s done dope things in the city of Chicago. I’ve worked with the city on a lot of projects. But do I think everybody is doing everything that they can? No, and that includes me.”
Kudos to you, Chance.