Rapper Ice Cube defended himself from social media attacks after it emerged he was working with Donald Trump’s team on his “Platinum Plan” for Black Americans, Fox News reported.
Ice Cube’s fans were left shocked and confused after the president’s campaign adviser Katrina Pierson gave him “a shoutout for his willingness to step up and work with [the Trump] administration” on Twitter.
“Facts: I put out the [Contract with Black America],” the rapper tweeted. “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.”
Commentator Bakari Sellers posted that Ice Cube “fell for something shiny” with the Trump campaign.
“Biden has a black agenda & a racial equity agenda,” he wrote. “He has a black female VP who will help oversee COVID recovery for a virus which from a health & economic POV devastated black communities. He will appoint a black woman to the SCOTUS.”
According to Ice Cube’s rep, Trump’s campaign responded more enthusiastically to the initiative than Biden’s.
The 51 year-old rapper, who in the 80’s recorded songs like “F— tha Police,” is helping to develop the president’s Platinum Plan, a four-year program aiming to help create three million new jobs for African-Americans by increasing access to capital by nearly $500 billion and strengthening Trump’s immigration policies to protect American jobs, according to his website.
Ice Cube formed the program “Contract with Black America,” in August with the intention of “striking at the heart of racism and [presenting] a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice.”
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.”
After a fan accused Ice Cube of working with the “Darkside,” 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.”