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Progressive black women leaders call out rapper Ice Cube over the Announcing this week that he is working with President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on what he believes is a plan in support of black Americans.

The backlash began when Trump’s senior adviser, Katrina Pierson, tweeted Tuesday her appreciation for Ice Cube and “his willingness to step up and work with Trump” in an ongoing national debate on police reform, systemic racism and violence against black Americans.

Ice Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson, has long been critical of Trump, but said on Twitter that Trump’s White House responded better to his “treaty with Black America” ​​compared to Democratic leaders.

“Dems said we will contact the CWBA after the election. The Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after speaking with us about the CWBA.”

“Black progress is a non-partisan issue,” tweeted the rapper on Thursday, who was known to rap “F *** the Police” as a member of the NWA group in the late 1980s

Many fans expressed dismay at the rapper’s willingness to engage with the president – in 2016, Ice Cube tweeted he would never “support” Trump and released a title titled “Arrest the President” in 2018 – while progressive black women leaders lamented that its 22-page The Plan lacked specific recommendations for black women, black queer people, or black trans women.

“We grew up with Ice Cube, with 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 is anti-black, anti-women – and anti-trans people, “said Karen Flynn, an associate professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies and African American Studies departments at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “In the past, black women have consistently supported black men, especially straight black men, and we haven’t got the same respect back.”

Analysis: Rhetoric, which some describe as racist, has shaped Trump’s entire presidency

Since announcing his presidential campaign in 2015, Trump has made repeated derogatory comments on people of color, including phone calls Protesters from Black Lives Matter “Terrorists” and “Thugs”. He has defended white supremacists and recently prevented the federal government from holding diversity training, although research has shown that doing so promotes equality in the workplace and helps eradicate racial and gender gaps. He has also denied that there is systemic racism in American law enforcement agencies.

Brittney Cooper, author of “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower,” posted on Twitter on Thursday: “Black men break my heart with this cube-cum-Trump cap.”

Black women are absent from Ice Cube’s plan

Black women have a long history, experts say, of fighting for justice without recognition.

On Twitter, #OscarsSoWhite inventor April Reign wondered why Ice Cube had apparently cut women out of this plan entirely.

“At some point we should discuss the legitimacy that Ice Cube is issuing, assuming that he can draw up a ‘contract’ and immediately get an ear out for presidential campaigns because he’s never been really political … If there are black women who have been doing this job for years, “she tweeted.

History shows that it was black suffragists who worked towards the passage of the 19th Amendment, even though it would be decades before they could exercise this right themselves. The civil rights movement would not have been possible without black women, though it is the legacy of male civil rights activists that dominates the history books.

It was the courage of black activists to face various forms of oppression that influenced other protest movements, including second wave feminism, the fight for gay rights, and the protests against the Vietnam War. Three black women, two of whom identify as queer, founded the Black Lives Matter social justice movement.

Why, many black women wondered, were they missing from Ice Cube’s plan?

“Black women are the moral compass of this nation,” Flynn said. “We are the ones who tend to hold people, politicians and everyone accountable.”

A “hierarchy” of racism

According to Flynn, a misconception in society is that black men are more oppressed than black women when statistics on profitability and restricted mobility in the workplace show otherwise.

Black women are also overlooked in police violence. Social justice activists recently pointed to the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Sandra Bland to clarify this.

Taylor, a 26-year-old trained paramedic, was fatally shot by police at her home in Louisville, Kentucky in March. However, widespread protests against racial injustice did not break out until the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis in May.

A grand jury did not accuse any of the officers directly involved in Taylor’s death, while Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing Floyd, has been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter.

In 2015, Bland, a 28-year-old black woman, was found dead in a Texas prison three days after a confrontational traffic disruption by a white police officer. A large jury decided against criminal charges in connection with Bland’s death.

Of 33 transgender or gender malefactors fatally shot or killed in 2020, the majority were black and Latin American transgender women, according to the human rights campaign.

Following Pierson’s announcement, police reform activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham tweeted about Ice Cube, “From NWA to MAGA (?). There were some wild subplots in 2020.”

Others said they weren’t surprised given previous allegations of misogyny against the rapper.

Lawyer and TV presenter Adrienne Lawrence tweeted: “The fact that Cube would join Trump is as shocking as Lindsey Graham, who calls segregation the ‘good old days’.”

Ice cubes and the masculinity trap

Ice Cube’s willingness to delve into Trump could, according to Flynn, reflect that even for black men, Trump’s specific masculinity brand can be attractive.

“What Trump was able to do is embody that kind of culturally valued form of masculinity that is authoritative,” said CJ Pascoe, professor of gender studies at the University of Oregon, after the presidential debate in September. “There are people who listen to him and find this kind of male charisma intoxicating regardless of what follows.”

During the debate, Trump failed to condemn the supremacy of whites and called on the far-right group Proud Boys to “step back and stand by”. How to be an Anti-Racist Author Ibram X. Kendi called the debate “triggering”.

It’s worth asking, Flynn said, what might get Ice Cube, who became famous in part for rapping about police violence against black men, to work with Trump.

“He was talking about the ‘Black Treaty’ without thinking about his ego,” said Flynn. “Does he want to be close to power? What is his motivation? Because I don’t always think it’s about love for black people.”

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