Chance the Rapper is one inspiring dude. You can’t help but be moved when he speaks thanks to the clarity and purity of his speech. Unlike most current artists, he never seems to placate or pander but instead what he finds in his heart to be true. He willingly makes mistakes on big stages and is forthcoming in admitting he doesn’t have all the answers.
The same happened recently when he accepted the BET Humanitarian Award at only 24 years of age. While also accepting BET’s Best New Artist Award in the same night, Chance took the opportunity to touch on many issues close to his heart like artistry, community, and family. Prior to his speech, he even earned video tributes from the likes of Michelle Obama and Common.
But his speech is what garnered raucous applause from the crowd and online. One important topic Chance touched on was marijuana legalization and the many still in prison because of harsh sentencing under previous administrations. While President Barack Obama attempted to release some convicted of cannabis-related crime, many remain serving time in prison.
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I was going to tell everyone in this government that y’all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before y’all start making it legal! For people to sell it and make capital off it!
Marijuana is still federally illegal and Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains brazen on persecuting marijuana-related offenses, but cannabis is currently legalized in some form in 29 states across the country.