Rap legend Ice Cube takes some heat after admitting to working with Trump campaign
Rap icon Ice Cube is feeling the heat.
Two months after the one-time star of the 1990s supergroup N.W.A. called out Democrats for taking Black voters for granted, Ice Cube acknowledged that he has worked with the Trump administration on ideas found in his Contract with Black America.
The contract, unveiled in August, is a set of proposals that seeks to address racial injustice. It includes things like police and education reform, changes in banking practices, elimination of all Confederate symbols and even reparations for slavery.
In an op-ed piece, Ice Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, wrote, “To create the ‘more perfect union’ that all Americans deserve, all must have access to opportunity.”
While the contract can be seen as a liberal wish list, it also calls for “Black responsibility.”
“As we begin to gain social and economic equality it is our duty to clean up ourselves and our community. This contract is a 2-way street,” it states. “As we gain social and economic equality, we must begin to dissolve any bitterness in our hearts for past wrongs. We must become better citizens who are more productive on all levels of American society. … A new pride must develop with these new opportunities and we must fight against negativity, frustration, hopelessness, depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, crime, and violence.”
On Wednesday, Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, tweeted about Jackson’s involvement with the Trump campaign.
“Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan,” she posted. “Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading!”
Jackson then acknowledged that both sides had discussed the contract with him.
Democrats, he said, talked about doing something with it after the election. The Republicans, meanwhile, immediately tweaked the president’s proposed Platinum Plan, which intends to boost investment in Black communities, after those talks, he said. Team Trump added a commitment to spend $500 billion on some initiatives in Jackson’s proposal that it could live with.
Although he didn’t seem to get the kind of vicious insults hurled at another superstar rapper who embraced Trump, Kanye West, condemnation of Jackson came fast and furious.
On social media, critics accused him of being used by Trump and of working with a “white supremacist,” or with a president who is “beloved” by Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and white nationalists. Black commentator Roxane Gay simply asked, “How… does the guy from NWA become MAGA?”
After that blew up, CNN canceled Jackson’s appearance with anchor Chris Cuomo.
Jackson took it in stride.
“So the POWERS that be cancelled my interview on @CuomoPrimeTime tonight,” he tweeted Thursday. “I’ve actually been ban [sic] from @CNN for a few months so I was surprised they even asked. But it seems like they can’t handle the truth.”
In a video, Jackson said he wasn’t endorsing either candidate.
But, he added, “Straight up, I believe the Democrats, they’ve been nice, they’ve been cordial so to speak, I don’t really see them pushing their policies in any particular direction. It’s still ‘minority, minority, minority, people of color — that don’t necessarily include us, that don’t necessarily include Black Americans.”
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