Legendary Hip Hop artist and actor Ice Cube has been in the cross hairs of media lately for having the audacity to accept meetings regarding his Contract with Black America. Specifically, for meeting with the Trump campaign.
However, Ice Cube has said repeatedly that the goal is to get the Contract With Black America on the table. Who gets it there hasn’t been the focus, nor should it be for anyone trying to accomplish an actual goal in political reform. Nevertheless, the backlash remains.
My Hip-Hop HERO @icecube is working with the Darkside. 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. 😔— Danny Morrison Media (@dannymoshow) October 14, 2020
In fact, the inability to understand this type of messaging is painfully strong over at CNN. Not only did he have to repeat countless times the fact that he will work with whoever is in power, the network is still attacking him for having met with the Trump campaign. This despite the fact that Cuomo offered him a place to speak about any developments on the network. CNN is still reporting after the interview:
News of Cube’s seeming alliance with Trump’s anti-Black political empire set Black Twitter ablaze with anger and confusion; Cube responded by casting himself as a political maverick unafraid to go against the grain. In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Cube said he is willing to work with people on both sides of the aisle. “I’m not playing no more of these political games, we’re not part of a team … so I’m going to whoever’s in power and I’m going to speak to them about our problems, specifically,” Cube said, explaining that “our” is referring to Black Americans.
The reporter didn’t miss the point. They consciously refuse the idea that working with the President of the United States simply because you disagree with him is the better path. The report later states:
Certainly, many Black men are (rightly) likely to be horrified by Cube’s receptiveness to Trump and 50 Cent’s outright endorsement of him. But Ice Cube’s apparent inability to recognize or acknowledge Black women in his rush to be the arbiter of change seems like a kind of deliberate blindness, a blindness further complicated by the fact that he is certainly not the first prominent Black male political or cultural celebrity to try and negotiate or work with racist politicians — or those who were largely viewed as supporting anti-Black policies. It’s an approach with deep historic roots.
The same people who are advertising the divisiveness of the country on a daily basis cannot seem to fathom setting that divisiveness aside for the betterment of the future.
The Contract With Black America
The proposal has a lot of great aspects to it. It has many elements of granting power to the people over government, for example being able to sue the Department of Justice for failing to act on police accountability. It also calls for common sense reforms and ending to practices such as “no knock raids” that inherently create hostile environments that can often lead to needless violence. Elimination of Three Strike laws as well as Private Prisons are two achievements that go hand in hand. Many people still don’t understand that prisons not only serve as modern day slavery, but private prisons hold the state accountable to occupancy requirements as well. Ice Cube, if you ever read this, go talk to Sen Rand Paul. Seriously.
The Contract reads as an agreement between the Black Community and Law Makers. It is not written out into concrete legislation, that has been left to Congress ultimately. Instead it provides an outline of objectives to be agreed upon with whomever is able to make progress. Believe it or not, that’s how politics are supposed to work.