Kanye West’s team handed out shirts with the words “White Lives Matter” to homeless people in Los Angeles’ Skid Row on Sunday night (October 16), Rolling Stone reports.
In a video posted by Ian Connor, who is a stylist and associate of the rapper, someone is handing out the shirts for free in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood Sunday night. Connor has also been accused of sexual assault by at least half-a-dozen women.
A voice is heard in the video saying “Courtesy of Kanye West,” as the video pans to a sprinter filled with boxes of shirts.
Connor also posted an image of a woman posing with the T-shirt, captioning the post, “Load 1 – Skid Röw.” Rolling Stone reports that a source close to the drop says that there are plans to make a second round of drops.
Kanye caught a lot of backlash after debuting his “White Lives Matter” shirts for his YZY SZN 9 collection. The rapper additionally posed for a photo next to Candace Owens in matching “White Lives Matter” shirts. The front of the shirt features an image of Pope John Paul II. The conservative commentator reposted the photo to her Twitter account.
The Black Lives Matter organization responded to Kanye’s “White Lives Matter” shirts after they made rounds on social media.
“Kanye knows very well that ‘white lives’ have never been targeted for oppression,” the organization wrote to TMZ at the time. “Black folks, in contrast, are at the bottom of virtually every economic, social, and political measure because of centuries of individual and institutional racism.”
The phrase “White Lives Matter” was created in 2015 as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement and has been used by white supremacist groups. It is also categorized by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate slogan.