Ice Cube praises Platinum Plan, shuts down haters who think he should just ‘shut up and vote’
Rapper Ice Cube and his ‘Contract with Black America’ has caught the attention of both the Trump and Biden campaigns. He is defending himself for working with the Trump campaign and Jared Kushner on financial reform for Black Americans.
Ice Cube appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s show, “Mornings with Maria,” on Thursday. He says he’s willing to meet with anyone who will help the Black community financially and economically. Cube is demanding real solutions from both sides and he is getting heavy backlash from the Democrats. His “Contract with Black America,” calls for reforms to close the opportunity gap in the country. He says it is the only way the country will survive because what is happening in our streets and our culture is not sustainable.
Bartiromo asked Ice Cube about his proposed contract, “So you had a contract with Black America indicating different things that you want to see in terms of opportunities. You tried to work with the Trump administration. You also tried to work with the Democrats. President Trump responded.”
“Can you tell us what happened?”
In response, Ice Cube explained, “After the death of George Floyd, I saw a lot of activity and a lot of people talking about police reform, criminal justice reform. Not too many people talking about financial reform.”
“And the reason I came on your show was because I knew that I’d be talking to the financial leaders in this country. And the fact that black people make up 13 percent of this country but we’re living off of .5 percent of the wealth. You know, not even a percentage point of the wealth in this country should let everybody know — that should alarm everybody and everybody should know that that’s not sustainable.”
“So that’s the reason why, after coming out with the contract with Black America, I really went hard at both campaigns to see what they were going to do financially for the black community, specifically. So that was the quest.”
“Facts: I put out the [Contract with Black America],” the rapper tweeted earlier this month. “Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.”
Ice Cube is non-partisan in this. On Twitter, he praised the President’s “Platinum Plan” to invest $500 billion in Black communities. He said that Democrats “got every Black celebrity” on “their team,” so “they just figured tell Cube to shut the f— up and vote.” Cube likes the President’s Platinum Plan but not because of politics… because it focuses on Black America and helping them.
Bartiromo asked: “Do you like the president’s Platinum Plan? He says he’s aiming to produce three million new jobs for the black community over the next four years.” Ice Cube said that he liked “that it’s aimed towards black Americans because that’s the key. You know, I just think whatever we do got to be aimed towards black Americans.”
The rapper was also attacked after Trump adviser Katrina Pierson tweeted, “Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan…Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading!”
Some on the Left are calling Ice Cube hypocritical for working with the Trump campaign considering his N.W.A. days when he was recording songs like “F— tha Police,” which appeared on the group’s “Straight Outta Compton” album in 1988.
Trump’s “Platinum Plan” will create 3 million new jobs in the Black community over the next four years. It will increase access to capital by nearly $500 billion and strengthen Trump’s immigration policies to protect American jobs. Ice Cube supports those proposals.
Bartiromo went on to ask Ice Cube, “President Trump is talking about extending lending. He’s talking about $40 billion in new lending and then that times 10 in order to allow the black community to create businesses, start-up business.”
“Did you help him with his Platinum Plan in terms of that item — helping Black America create business?”
Ice Cube answered, “What I tried to do was emphasize that we’ve been under a smoke cloud of words like ‘minority,’ ‘people of color,’ ‘diversity,’ ‘urban’ — all these trick words that really puts us under all of America. We only get two percent of those programs.”
“So I wanted to basically tell the administration that look, black people have paid an enormous debt. I’m talking about descendants of slaves in this country that paid an enormous debt. There’s an enormous debt owed. Some estimate that the country has lost about $16 trillion due to racism.”
“So with these things in place, I wanted to make sure that anything being done, that we need to be at the front of this line. The black people who’ve been here for centuries, who suffered here for centuries need to be at the front of any line when it comes to helping businesses — you know, over the pandemic. Over 43 percent of our businesses have shut down. Nobody’s talking about that.”
“And so, I just want to make sure that all these political people understand that we have to help a specific group of Americans to stop all this stuff that’s going on in the streets because the country is coming apart at the seams. I don’t know why people don’t see the real problem. It’s not just police –”
In his “Contract with Black America,” Ice Cube asks politicians for banking, police and prison reform, elimination of all Confederate statues, federal funding of “baby bonds” starting with $1,000 at birth, among other reforms to support the Black community in order to earn the “support of the Black vote.”
“Descendants of slaves, the ones who built this country are being kind of forgotten in the fray,” the rapper stated.
One fan accused Ice Cube of working with the “Darkside.” To that, he responded, “Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They’re all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan.”
Ice Cube has not decided who he will vote for in the presidential election or at least if he has, he’s not saying at this point. “I still think it’s a bunch of stupid people that keep this system in place, but for the most part I understand why it’s there,” he said.
Just as Scott Baio wants justice by stopping the censorship of conservatives, Ice Cube wants justice for the Black community here in America.