The unlikely partnership was first made known to the public yesterday by Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser for the Trump administration, who tweeted, “Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan,”
She included in her Tweet a link to the plan, which claims that the Trump administration will “increase access to capital” by almost $500 billion in Black communities, create 3 million new jobs, provide more affordable health care, improve access to better education and job opportunities, designate Juneteenth as a national holiday, and other promises that have not happened in the past four years, but will allegedly happen if Trump gets another term in office.
Ice Cube fans were dismayed by the news that the rapper was aiding and abetting an administration that has been detrimental to the Black community, prompting Ice Cube to clarify his relationship with the Trump administration. The rapper admitted that he’s attempted to work with Republican and Democratic politicians on his plan for the nation to address systemic issues facing the Black community, “Contract With Black America,” which he introduced in early June.
“Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me,” Ice Cube tweeted. “Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. The Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.”
For many, however, Ice Cube’s justification for working with the Trump administration was unsatisfactory, to say the least. One Twitter user, @dannymoshow, replied to Ice Cube’s initial tweet, writing, “My Hip-Hop HERO @icecube is working with the Darkside.”
Ice Cube 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.”
Throughout the 2020 elections, Ice Cube has vocalized his distrust of both parties, demanding that each party directly address how they will help the Black community. In recent weeks, Ice Cube has made his nonpartisanship known, in a video posted to Instagram on October 11. “No president has done right by us. So, I don’t trust any of them.
Putting our hopes and dreams behind any of them just don’t work ... Straight up, I believe the Democrats have been nice … I don’t really see them pushing their policies in any different direction.” Later on in the video, he addresses his involvement with the Trump administration expressing his skepticism“We also met with the Republicans … They put $500 billion on the table. But who knows what’s really gonna happen.”
Black celebrities and entertainers have made their disappointment with Ice Cube known. “Ice cubes are out,” tweeted Jackée Harry, with a picture of actual ice. “We’re using nuggets now.”