Progressive Black women leaders are calling out rapper Ice Cube over the announcement this week that he’s working with President Donald Trump’s reelection marketing campaign on what he says is a plan to assist Black Americans.
The backlash started when Trump’s senior advisor, Katrina Pierson, tweeted out Tuesday her appreciation for Ice Cube and “his willingness to step up and work with” Trump amid an ongoing nationwide debate on police reform, systemic racism and violence in opposition to Black Americans.
Ice Cube, whose actual identify is O’Shea Jackson, has lengthy been essential of Trump, however stated on Twitter that the Trump White House had been extra attentive to his “Contract With Black America” in comparison with Democratic leaders.
“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.”
“Black progress is a bipartisan issue,” tweeted the rapper Thursday, who within the late 80s famously rapped “f*** the police” as a member of the group N.W.A.
Many followers expressed dismay on the rapper’s willingness to interact with the president – in 2016 Ice Cube tweeted he would by no means “endorse” Trump and he launched a 2018 observe referred to as “Arrest the President” – whereas progressive Black women leaders lamented that his 22-page plan lacked any particular suggestions for Black women, Black queer individuals or Black transwomen.
“We grew up on Ice Cube, on his message against white supremacy, so it feels like a slap in the face because this is a president who has made it very clear that he’s anti-Black, anti-women and anti-trans folks,” stated Karen Flynn, an affiliate professor within the departments of gender and women’s research and African American research on the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “Historically, Black women have consistently supported Black men, particularly heterosexual Black men, and we haven’t been given the same respect back.”
Since saying his presidential marketing campaign in 2015, Trump has repeatedly made disparaging feedback about individuals of shade, together with calling Black Lives Matter protesters “terrorists” and “thugs.” He has defended white supremacists and lately restricted the federal authorities from conducting variety coaching, regardless of analysis displaying it fosters office equality and helps tackle race and gender disparities. He has additionally denied systemic racism exists in America’s legislation enforcement departments.
Brittney Cooper, creator of “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower,” posted on Twitter Thursday: “Black men are breaking my heart with this caping for Cube-cum-Trump.”
Black women absent from Ice Cube’s plan
Black women have an extended historical past, consultants say, of preventing for justice with out recognition.
On Twitter, #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign puzzled why Ice Cube appeared to have fully minimize women out of this plan.
“At some point we should discuss the entitlement Ice Cube exhibits to assume that he can create a ‘contract’ and immediately get the ear of presidential campaigns, having never really been political before…. When there are Black Women who have been doing this work for years,” she tweeted.
History reveals it was Black suffragists who labored towards the passage of the nineteenth Amendment, although it will be a long time earlier than they may train that proper themselves. The civil rights motion couldn’t have occurred with out Black women, although it is the legacy of male civil rights leaders that dominate historical past books.
It was the braveness of Black feminine activists in confronting a number of types of oppression that influenced different protest actions, together with second-wave feminism, the battle for homosexual rights and the protests in opposition to the Vietnam War. Three black women, two of whom determine as queer, created the Black Lives Matter social justice motion.
Why, many Black women puzzled, had been they absent from Ice Cube’s plan?
“Black women are the moral compass of this nation,” Flynn stated. “We are the ones who tend to hold people, politicians, everyone accountable.”
A ‘hierarchy’ of racism
Flynn stated a societal misperception is that Black males are extra oppressed than Black women when statistics on incomes energy and restricted office mobility present in any other case.
Black women are additionally ignored in the case of police violence. Social justice activists have lately pointed to the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Sandra Bland to make this level.
Taylor, a 26-year-old skilled E.M.T., was fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Kentucky, house in March, however widespread protests in opposition to racial injustice didn’t erupt till the loss of life of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was killed by Minneapolis police in May.
A grand jury didn’t cost any of the officers concerned instantly in Taylor’s loss of life, whereas Derek Chauvin, the previous Minneapolis police officer accused of killing Floyd, was charged with second-degree homicide and manslaughter.
In 2015, Bland, a 28-year-old Black lady, was discovered useless in a Texas jailhouse three days after a confrontational visitors cease by a white state trooper. A grand jury opted in opposition to legal expenses in connection with Bland’s loss of life.
Of 33 transgender or gender non-conforming individuals who had been fatally shot or killed in 2020, the bulk had been Black and Latinx transgender women, in response to the Human Rights Campaign.
After Pierson’s announcement, police reform activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham tweeted about Ice Cube: “From NWA to MAGA(?). 2020 got some wild subplots.”
Attorney and tv host Adrienne Lawrence tweeted, “The fact that Cube would align with Trump is as shocking as Lindsey Graham calling segregation the ‘good ole days.'”
Ice Cube and the masculinity entice
Ice Cube’s willingness to interact with Trump, Flynn stated, might mirror that even for Black males, Trump’s particular model of masculinity may be enticing.
“What Trump has been able to do is embody this sort of culturally valued form of masculinity that is authoritative,” CJ Pascoe, a gender research professor on the University of Oregon, stated after the presidential debate in September. “There are people who listen to him and find that sort of masculine charisma intoxicating regardless of the content that follows.”
During the talk, Trump did not condemn white supremacy and advised the far-right group Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” How To Be An Antiracist creator Ibram X. Kendi referred to as the talk “triggering.”
It’s worthwhile, Flynn stated, to ask what could also be driving Ice Cube, who gained fame partially for rapping about police violence in opposition to Black males, to work with Trump.
“He’s been talking about the ‘Black Contract’ without thinking about his ego,” Flynn stated. “Does he want to be close to power? What’s his motivation? Because I don’t always believe it’s about love for Black folk.”
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