Trump Admin Teams with Ice Cube for Plan to Empower Black Americans
Iconic rapper works on groundbreaking black Trump platform
The Trump campaign has revaled it is working with iconic rapper Ice Cube to build out its Platinum Plan to economically empower African-Americans.
Ice Cube, whose legal name is O’Shea Jackson Jr., gave permission to reveal he has been working with Trump on the groundbreaking platform for black Americans.
Black Conservative Federation founder Diante Johnson tweeted:
“So @icecube has officially given the Trump campaign permission to reveal that he has been helping us develop President Trump’s groundbreaking black Trump platform: The Platinum Plan!”
So @icecube has officially given the Trump campaign permission to reveal that he has been helping us develop President Trump’s groundbreaking black Trump platform: The Platinum Plan!— Diante Johnson (@BCFPresident) October 14, 2020
“Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate! Thank you for leading,”- @KatrinaPierson pic.twitter.com/gutHEMqSAv
“Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading,” Trump campaign senior adviser Katrina Pierson added.
Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) October 13, 2020
Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading! ✊🏾
Paris Dennard, a Black Voices for Trump board member, tweeted it would be "life-changing for so many people in the Black Community."
“Pres. @realDonaldTrump is an inspirational leader, and it’s great to see more seemingly unlikely allies like @icecube willing to work w/ him to #MAGA for everyone!”
The #PlatinumPlan for Black Economic Empowerment will be life changing for so many people in the Black Community!— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) October 13, 2020
Pres. @realDonaldTrump is an inspirational leader and it’s great to see more seemingly unlikely allies like @icecube willing to work w/ him to #MAGA for everyone! https://t.co/87jAv050wF pic.twitter.com/PaNjJXt3CI
Ice Cube has shifted his political stance since he suggested in 2018 that members of the Trump administration are “going to jail,” in an angry Instagram post.
But last month, he suggested he could vote to re-elect the president if Trump backs the rapper’s Contract with Black America.
“Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me,” he tweeted Wednesday.
“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.”
Facts: I put out the CWBA. 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.— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020
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. https://t.co/xFIXXpOs8B— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020
Trump unveiled his “Platinum Plan” for black economic empowerment last month in Atlanta.
The $500 billion initiative is aimed at bringing 3 million new jobs to the black community while helping create 500,000 new black-owned businesses.
It also calls for universal school choice and criminal justice reform.
Black conservative commentators, Diamond and Silk, explained why they chose to support Trump.
“We can no longer vote for a system that keeps handing us crumbs, that wants to hand us tyranny, that wants to put socialism and communism down our throat,” they said.
Meanwhile, Trump's support among black respondents had nearly doubled since 2016 to 15 percent, according to an Investors Business Daily/TIPP poll.
CNN exit polling from the 2016 election showed Trump with just 8 percent support among black voters.
Trump's approval rating among black registered voters jumped 9 percentage points from a survey taken earlier that same month to 24 percent.
Ice Cube wrote in an Op-Ed for The Hill:
“Instead of looking for incremental reform, the Contract with Black America tries to address the root causes of racism in our society and develop a roadmap for a comprehensive solution."
“Beyond the obvious, we need to focus on the areas of banking and finance, justice, policing, education, Hollywood depictions, as well as a system of reparations. None of these work in isolation, this plan looks at the systemic core of racism as a whole, and only in that way can a true solution be born.”
“The objective is not handouts to assuage white guilt, nor do we want White’s equality diminished either,” Ice Cube continued.
“We need [Whites] to look within and be honest about how they benefit from white privilege, and always will, unless our society reimagines what America should have looked like in the beginning and does the hard work of reform to get our country where it should be.”