The 22-year-old Chicago native’s father has a long history in politics and social activism, and it's rubbed off on his son. Although Chance used his platform for issues such as the ongoing push to end gun violence in the Windy City, he doesn’t feel obligated to talk about police brutality in light of the unrest in Baltimore.
Instead, Chance believes that it's his responsibility to be well informed versus being vocal. “I think, as a Black man, I have a responsibility to have knowledge and have an opinion,” he explained. “I don’t necessarily think, as a person of influence, that it’s always my job to influence people regarding my opinion. I try to explain to people a lot: There is no singular Black experience or Black opinion or Black thought. We are united in a lot of experiences. Because I’m a Black man, the life that I live is a part of the Black experience, but it’s not something I can just pass off as the ultimate.”
He added, “I think it’s important for me to be qualified to have an opinion on it, and it be informed, but I don’t necessarily think using my platform is always the right thing. It’s more important for [people] to have information. I don’t necessarily always have information. If they’re getting it directly from an uninformed source, or they’re getting it from a source that they don’t really have a filter on in terms of how they take it in, it kind of becomes more propaganda.”
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