Ice Cube is facing backlash after news circulated that he was teaming up with Donald Trump during his presidential campaign for his Contract With Black America.
Fans were shocked to hear the confusing, yet upsetting news of the N.W.A. rapper and Trump talking business for the “Platinum Plan.” But Cube wasn’t haven’t the backlash, as he took to CNN for an interview with journalist Roland Martin, to share his side of the corporation.
“I’m willing to work with both teams, but I’m just working with whoever is willing to work with me,” Ice Cube told Martin. “for us not to engage with both sides of the aisle to fix what I think is an American problem … is not going to help us in the end.”
In the interview, Cube clearly expressed that “Platinum Plan” is not his and he is not working with either of the presidential campaigns during this election run. He simply wants to make sure that his people are provided with the support they need, regardless of elections. Cube went on to share that he’s “going over to whoever’s in power” and will speak to them specifically about Black people.
The Compton rapper has helped design a change for Black people in America with his Contract With Black America. The contract focuses on bringing light to racial injustices, economical justice, and supporting Black people to improve the current state America is in.
“This Contract with Black America strikes at the heart of racism and presents a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice,” the introduction to the contract reads. “It was written in the backdrop of the killing of George Floyd, which set off a wave of protests not seen since the Civil Rights Era of the 1950s and ’60s, and a global pandemic in which the Black mortality rate is more than double the White rate and in which 45% (nearly half) of Black-owned businesses closed.”