American rapper Ice Cube has once again defended President Donald Trump’s platinum plan for the economic development of the African American community despite attracting criticism from mainstream media.
During an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Oct. 29 the rapper called on both presidential campaigns to see which one could take on real reform for the black community.
According to the Daily Wire, Ice Cube questioned the plan to defund the police so often mentioned by Democrats in the wake of the death of African American George Floyd as a measure that does not address the community’s specific problems, while the proposal for financial reform did not receive as much attention.
For Ice Cube, President Trump’s proposal speech was specifically for black Americans. “I like that it’s aimed toward black Americans, you know, that’s the key. I just think whatever we do has to be aimed at black Americans.”
Ice Cube insisted that he was willing to work with anyone who was willing to work with him for the black community.
Referring to comments by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who accused him of seeking a partnership with President Trump, Ice Cube said it was nothing more than the result of his efforts to push for the Black America contract.
“At the end of the day, they’re mad cause I’m just willing to work with anybody that’s willing to work with me to see some of these things that’s in the Contract with Black America come to pass,” the rapper said.
As Fox News noted, Ice Cube reportedly met with White House aide Jared Kushner to discuss the Black America contract, which he drafted over the summer aimed at seeking reforms to close the opportunity gaps facing the country’s black community.
Ice Cube stated that has “been getting pushback ever since I came out with the contract with Black America, from everybody who really don’t want us to … have real demands, but people who just want us to basically shut up and vote and I’m not going to do that.”
The rapper said that as a citizen who had the right to speak out he was not favoring anyone’s views but only giving importance to proposals that are made in public to help the public, indicating that he was tired of empty rhetoric and empty talk.
According to a tweet he posted earlier this month, Ice Cube said, “Facts: I put out the [Contract with Black America]. 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.”
Last week, renowned rap icon Lil Wayne praised President Trump’s platinum plan as a wonderful gift to the black community, highlighting the work his administration has done on criminal reform.