When senior White House advisor Katrina Pierson thanked rapper/actor Ice Cube for his “willingness to step up and work with” the Trump administration, fans were a little confused. Ice Cube took to Twitter to explain his position in the situation.
"Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me," he tweeted on Wednesday (Oct. 14). "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."
The CWBA is the Contract for Black America, a document Ice Cube called on politicians to sign back in July which laid out 13 areas for improvement regarding police reform, prison reform, bank lending and more.
According to reps, the rapper offered to meet with both Biden and Trump to discuss the “agenda for black Americans” in regard to the CWBA which “strikes at the heart of racism and presents a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice”.
“The problems facing America are too deep and wide to simply reform one area or another,” the contract reads. “Long-lasting solutions demand a comprehensive thorough ‘rethink’ of America so that each new approach in each area supports the success of the others. This Contract with Black America will provide conceptual approaches in several areas.”
Ice Cube also posted a video on Twitter on August 22 asking both parties, “What’s in it for us? What’s in it for the black community besides the same old thing we’ve been getting from these parties,” Ice Cube asked. “I didn’t hear anybody mention a Contract With Black America, and I don’t know why because it’s one of the most comprehensive reform documents that have come out in a long time that can really address the problem.”
The president’s administration absorbed some of the CWBA into the Platinum Plan, a plan that aims to increase access to capital in black communities by almost $500 billion by created 500,000 black owned businesses and 3 million new jobs for the black community. It also aims for strengthen immigration, improve healthcare and provide access to better education and training opportunities.
Fans were definitely depressed to hear about Ice Cube’s decision to work with Trump. “My hip hop HERO @icecube is working with the Darkside,” one fan tweeted. “I haven’t felt this low since Kobe passed. HEARTBREAKING. Cube, I’m not sure you understand how much we value your voice. And when we see you ”jumping the shark”, it kills us. Especially in 2020. “
Cube responded saying, “Every side is a 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.”