Ice Cube Was Used By Trump And Now Looks Like A Sambo
Ice Cube chastised the Biden/Harris campaign for not meeting with him to discuss or incorporate his Contract With Black America while the Trump campaign apparently did It turns out the Trump campaign acted in bad faith, Ice Cube was used, and now he looks like a Sambo.
The Biden/Harris “Lift Every Voice Plan” has had the input of activists, academics, and policy experts who have dedicated their lives to these issues. It is 26 pages long, extremely detailed, and based on legislation that has been passed but lies dorment in Congress or rendered impotent by this executive. The plan itself is part of a Biden/Harris campaign fueled by black women.
The Contract With Black America calls for calls for a lot of what has already passed or been proposed. As optimistic as I am about the progress we have made as black people, the solutions suggested by it have proven to be only marginally effective if not mostly ineffective overall. They include:
- Racial quotas
- Racial carveouts
- Race based curriculum
- Reparations for blacks who can prove their grandparents’ grandparents (or later) were slaves.
- A flat 1 percent mortgage for blacks
Quotas and carveouts are 1960s policy that have proven to be inadequate, the curriculum I wholly support, the Reparations plan is inadequate and needs to be developed more. The 1% mortgage is unworkable. Nothing necessary wrong with the plan, though it is far too tepid.
Ice Cube Looks Like A Sambo Now
We know Cube’s Contract With Black America is too tepid because the Congressional Black Caucus noted that it and Trump’s Platinum Plan, a two page document, was just a rehashing of proposals from their Jobs and Justice Act of 2018 which the Republican Congress never even considered bringing up for a vote, and Trump never reached out to them about when proposed.
Ice Cube, on the Roland Martin Show on which he responded to the initial backlash, said himself that “he’s worked on this for months” concerning his plan, and got a meeting with the Trump campaign specifically because they felt they could and would need to peel off 20% of “disaffected” black men. Black men have increasingly voted Republican in both Presidential and midterm elections since 2008.
The backlash to Cube is expected for reasons I have previously highlighted. The Trump campaign told him they were using him for a specific purpose using the power of meeting with the campaign. Unfortunately, they got Cube to advocate for an inferior plan which has already been proposed by the CBC, that the Republican Senate and Trump himself showed no interest in even discussing, let alone passing, when proposed.
How do we really know Cube was used? In the same Roland Martin interview, Cube admitted he had never met Katrina Pierson (the Trump campaign official who initially tweeted that Cube had worked with them), and Eric Trump just recently tweeted a photoshopped image of Ice Cube and recently outted coon 50 Cent in Trump hats.
Clearly Ice Cube was conned, but he represents a strain of black people whom feel you have to “negotiate with both sides”. While this logic is absurdly flawed, in these black people which include Ray Lewis, Jim Brown, Steve Harvey, Kanye West, Terry Crews and Herschel Walker, I see hope. I see them as the modern day First Native Guard of Louisiana.
First Native Guard of Lousiana
The 1st Louisiana Native Guard was a Confederate Louisiana militia that consisted of free blacks. Formed in 1861 in New Orleans, Louisiana, it was disbanded on April 25, 1862. Some of the unit’s members joined the Union Army’s 1st Louisiana Native Guard, which later became the 73rd Regiment Infantry of the United States Colored Troops.
The Native Guards were volunteers, and as such supplied their own arms and uniforms. They offered their services to escort Union prisoners (captured at the First Battle of Bull Run) through New Orleans. Confederate General David Twiggs declined the offer, but thanked them for the “promptness with which they answered the call.” The Louisiana State Legislature passed a law in January 1862 that reorganized the militia into only “…free white males capable of bearing arms… ”.
This guard was forced to disband on February 15, 1862, when the new law took effect. Their demise was only temporary, however, for Governor Moore reinstated the Native Guards on March 24 after the U.S. Navy under Admiral David G. Farragut entered the Mississippi River.” As the regular Confederate forces under Major General Mansfield Lovell abandoned New Orleans, the militia units were left to fend for themselves. The Native Guards were again, and in finality, ordered to disband by General John L. Lewis, of the Louisiana Militia, on April 25, 1862, as Federal ships arrived opposite the city. General Lewis cautioned them to hide their arms and uniforms before returning home.
It was their organized meeting with Union General Benjamin Butler, to surrender their arms that led him to form the first three regiments of black soldiers in the Union Army; the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Native Guards regiments, with all their line officers being former members of the Confederate state militia regiment. This was done because he could not get reinforcements he needed to hold New Orleans, and he famously wrote to Lincoln, “If you will not provide me reinforcements, I shall call upon Africa to do so.” These men became the first Black officers in the history of the United States Army, all of whom had previously served in the Confederate Louisiana militia. This was necessary because many of the men of color recruited into the regiments were of creole descent and only spoke French, thus, General Butler needed the militia officers because none of his New Englanders knew the language.
There is a lesson to be had here. I do think Ice Cube cares about these issues, but he does not understand the bigger picture similar to the First Louisiana. The Trump campaign is not concerned about policy for black people nor value Ice Cube’s input in any so called plan they have purporting to care about black people. He is there to be used when necessary and then discarded. If Cube can focus this energy with people who are actually interested in improving the lives of black people (It’s fine if you doubt that is the Democratic party, but certainly not the academics, activists, and policy experts who have dedicated their lives to these issues), then he has the opportunity to be an aid, as opposed to a detriment, to the cause.