Vic Mensa has made a point to use his platform to help the disenfranchised. This led him to start the Save Money, Save Life Foundation.
The nonprofit’s executive director Laundi Keepseagle told Block Club Chicago that the Save Money, Save Life Foundation was told to terminate the lease they have on their office space because their landlord was "appalled" by Mensa's latest video. According to Keepseagle, she and members of the organization were picking up the keys when the owner, Jim Mason, said he was "absolutely disgusted" by Vic Mensa's "Camp America" video.
"Camp America" is a track Mensa created with his side project 93PUNX. The song is an artistic critique of ICE detention centers. To illustrate the inhumane conditions, 93PUNX decided to replace immigrant children with their white counterparts. The landlord claimed Mensa's video was "discriminatory" against white people. This led to an argument during which Keepseagle tried to explain that the video was meant to create empathy for the children held in these centers. Despite the explanation, Keepseagle alleged that Mason tried to force her into voiding their lease and when she refused he told her "everything will be difficult for you here on out."
Vic Mensa's Save Money, Save Life Foundation hosts several programs that foster art on the West and South sides of the city. Upon hearing that his organization could be jeopardized by Mason, Mensa took to Twitter to bring attention to the incident.
So today, were unloading trucks from @complexcon @ our office in Little Village when the landlord begins harassing the director of my nonprofit. He told her that I was a “disgusting pig” cause of the Camp America video and threatened if we didnt leave to be “hostile”.— vino valentino (@VicMensa) July 23, 2019
When told that the video was shedding light on the reality of migrants he said “what happens at the border is none of my business” and that this was “racism against white people.” A sign in his office said “if you don’t speak english go back to Mexico”.— vino valentino (@VicMensa) July 23, 2019
Keep in mind that all the kids in the video were accompanied by parents and were hired professionally. Keep in mind that this man owns apartments all thru Little Village, one of Chicago’s largest Latinx communities, yet cares nothing about the oppression they face.— vino valentino (@VicMensa) July 23, 2019
This is the definition of white supremacy, the idea that even imagining the tortures done to people of color happening to white people is reason enough to kick paying tenants out a building and scream at them in the street. This co-opting of the word “racist” is exactly what...— vino valentino (@VicMensa) July 23, 2019
Donald Trump has done by calling AOC & Ilhan Omar racist for criticizing US policy, as I have done with my music. So we have now been kicked out of our office in a MEXICAN neighborhood for opposing the treatment of Latinx people in America.— vino valentino (@VicMensa) July 23, 2019
The mans name is Jim Mason & his company is Midtown LLC. He has no place in our community, thinks Spanish speakers should go back where they came from, & doesnt deserve our business. With that being said if you own real estate in Chicago we need a new space 🤷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/oEjDPpIfqb— vino valentino (@VicMensa) July 23, 2019