October 16, 2020

Ice Cube is working with Trump and Black women are calling him out

By Alia E. Dastagir

Progressive Black women leaders are calling out rapper Ice Cube over the announcement this week that he is working with President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign on what he says is a plan to help Black Americans.

The backlash began when Trump’s senior advisor, Katrina Pierson, tweeted out Tuesday her appreciation for Ice Cube and “his willingness to step up and work with” Trump amid an ongoing national debate on police reform, systemic racism and violence against Black Americans.

Ice Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has long been critical of Trump, but said on Twitter that the Trump White House had been more responsive to his “Contract With Black America” compared to Democratic leaders.

“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.”

“Black progress is a bipartisan issue,” tweeted the rapper Thursday, who in the late 80s famously rapped “f*** the police” as a member of the group N.W.A.