HipHopDX- Tekashi 6ix9ine (real name Daniel Hernandez) attempted to do a good deed by donating $200,000 to the non-profit No Kid Hungry. According to TMZ, the money came from new merch and the $2 million he earned off his record-breaking comeback video for “GOOBA.” 6ix9ine made the announcement via Instagram on Tuesday (May 12), writing, “During this pandemic I understand we have nurses and frontline Hero’s who risk there life daily to save others. But NEVER forget the children & families who depend on OUR PUBLIC schools for daily meals and nutritions to keep our future leaders growing to their best potential. “To every influencer out there REMEMBER if you are blessed GOD gave you that blessing not just for YOU but also TO HELP OTHERS. GOD FIRST.”
But evidently, No Kid Hungry isn’t that desperate for funds. No Kid Hungry’s director of strategic communications Laura Washburn tells HipHopDX the Share Our Strength program is declining 6ix9ine’s donation. “We are grateful for Mr. Hernandez’s generous offer to donate to No Kid Hungry but we have informed his representatives that we have declined this donation,” Washburn said in email statement. “As a child-focused campaign, it is our policy to decline funding from donors whose activities do not align with our mission and values.”
Now there's obviously two ways to look at this.
The first way is to understand what the No Kid Hungry foundation did here. I get it. Tekashi 6ix9ine is not a good person and has done a lot of bad shit in the past. Enough bad shit for a foundation like the No Kid Hungry foundation to turn down his TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR donation despite that foundation likely being in desperate need of that money. It's honestly a very honorable thing for the No Kid Hungry foundation to do and it shows a lot of integrity. Most foundations would've taken that money in a millisecond regardless of where it was coming from. But not the No Kids Hungry foundation. Not only do they want to feed hungry kids but they want to make sure the money that is providing those meals comes from a place that is up to their standards. Honor and integrity is a rare thing in this world, especially when you're talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars being up for grabs, but the No Kids Hungry foundation is a shining light in that regard. Kudos to them.
Flip side, the Clay Davis approach
Take the man's money and let's feed some hungry kids! What are you doing?!?!?!?! Fuck honor and integrity! Fuck it! Is the money green???? THEN TAKE IT. Here's why: If the No Kids Hungry foundation traced back all of the donations they receive I can guarantee that some of them have come from not-so-great places and they just didn't realize it. Why? Because nobody's perfect, especially people with extra money that they can donate to charitable causes. And sure Tekashi 6ix9ine is a whole nother level of not perfect but who caresssssssssssssss. Take the money and run! How many kids does $200,000 feed? I don't know the number but it's gotta be a shit ton. I know it sucks because 6ix9ine sucks but sometimes you have to swallow your pride when you're talking about the difference between kids going hungry and kids not going hungry. Take the money.
He's got a point.