Ice Cube Advises Trump Campaign on Racial Justice, Causing Online Backlash

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The internet is turning cold on Ice Cube.

The rapper and activist recently received a shout-out from the Trump campaign for advising it on racial issues. The so-called Contract With Black America (CWBA) is a policy proposal for racial justice, which Ice Cube has spent the year promoting. And on Tuesday, Trump adviser Katrina Pierson tweeted her gratitude to Ice Cube, who had apparently met with the President or his aides to discuss their plan for racial justice:

Backlash

The rapper who once rose to fame on the song “F**k the Police” elicited a fair share of critique from the Twitterverse.

Touré, a Black writer and commentator, accused Ice Cube of becoming a “pawn” in Trump’s dishonest campaign:

Meanwhile, activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham pointed to the irony of the situation, alluding to Ice Cube’s former hip hop group:

Ice Cube doesn’t apologize

Despite the negative attention, Ice Cube stands by his decision to work with the powers that be. Defending his actions on Twitter, the rapper revealed that both Democratic and Republican leaders contacted him about the CWBA. But while the Democrats said they would discuss the proposal after the election, the Trump campaign was open to a meeting in the present. In fact, he added, the Trump campaign “made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.”

And while one fan tweeted that Ice Cube was “working with the Darkside” by engaging with Trump, the artist responded that it was not an endorsement of the President. Rather, Ice Cube tweeted, it was an attempt to communicate important issues with an administration that could well be in the White House for another four years.

As for the accusation that Trump’s party is “the Darkside,” Ice Cube argued that all people in power are the Darkside. “They all lie and they all cheat,” he tweeted, “but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power.”

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