Ice Cube working with Trump admin., CNN cancels Cuomo interview

On Thursday, October 15th, rapper and actor Ice Cube said that CNN “can’t handle the truth” after the network allegedly canceled his scheduled appearance on Cuomo Prime Time.

The celebrity tweeted:

“So, the POWERS that be cancelled my interview on @CuomoPrimeTime tonight. I’ve actually been ban from @CNN for a few months so I was surprised they even asked. But it seems like they can’t handle the truth.”

The Daily Wire reported that the rapper, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, recently made headlines for working with the Trump administration on a plan intended to bolster black Americans’ prosperity. The plan has been dubbed the “Platinum Plan.”

According to the rapper, Team Biden told him that they would work with him post-election, whereas the Trump administration began working with him right away, amending their Platinum Plan. Now, the alleged cancellation comes amid backlash after Trump advisor Katrina Pierson shared via Twitter that Ice Cube was helping develop the Platinum Plan.

Pierson gave a “shoutout” to the rapper for working with the administration:

“Shoutout to Ice Cube for his willingness to step up and work with Donald Trump administration to help develop the Platinum Plan. Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading!”

Following this tweet, Ice Cube said via Twitter that Team Biden pushed back talks about his “CWBA” or contract with black America, until post-election. The Trump administration, however, “made adjustments” to their plan after speaking with him.

He tweeted:

“Facts: I put out the CWBA (contract with black America). Both parties contacted me. 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.”

The CWBA details 13 different areas of improvement, including bank lending, prison reform, police reform, and the elimination of confederate monuments. The contract seeks to address the “heart of racism” and present a “blueprint to achieve racial economic justice.”

Ice Cube has been called racially-charged names, and has been heavily criticized online for working with Trump. One Twitter user told the rapper he was “working with the DARKSIDE.”

The rapper responded:

“Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They’re all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat, but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan.”

In response to the controversy, Ice Cube said via Twitter:

“I will advise anybody on the planet who has the power to help black Americans close the enormous wealth gap.”

The rapper also responded to someone who asked if he remembered when he said he would “never endorse a (expletive) like Donald Trump,” back in 2016.

Ice Cube said:

“I haven’t endorsed anybody.”

Trump’s Platinum Plan seeks to increase access to capital in black communities by almost $500 billion and outlines four pillars:

Opportunity- By achieving historic employment levels for black Americans, as well as increasing access to capital for new business, President Trump has been committed to ensuring all black Americans can achieve the American Dream;

Security- By signing into law the celebrated First Step Act, President Trump has brought common sense criminal justice reform to the American people for the first time in decades, while ensuring that our streets and communities are safe for families and business owners;

Prosperity- As the first President to provide long-term funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, this administration continues to seek immediate and generational advancement for black Americans and;

Fairness- As demonstrated through his actions to initiate investment into Opportunity Zones as well as address health disparities, wage gaps and necessary educations reforms, President Trump works every day to advance a fair and just America for the black Community.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – A preacher, Dr. Eric Mason, recently called for the U.S. government to give reparations to blacks in the form of 200 years of free college. And that’s only the beginning.

Mason, a pastor for the Epiphany Fellowship Church in Philadelphia, said that his idea, supposedly coming from God and presented in the form of a sermon, is to have every black person be able to attend college for free until 2220.

Which of course would not be free, as taxpayers would have to pay the bill.

Mason asserts that race-based disparities exist throughout the U.S. and that various social reforms are needed to eliminate the issue.

The sermon he created for his push is titled, “A Biblical Case for Reparations.” In the Aug. 23 video clip showing the sermon, he identified various policies he believes would benefit black people.

His sermon also advocated changing existing programs like Social Security because they were “created for white people.”

Mason further said:

“Reparations have to be comprehensive because the offenses were everything from emotional to economic.”

Mason believes that reparations should also include rewriting history so that it can be told properly. He also believes that reparations should include psychological services, in line with Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris’ reasoning.

Earlier this month, LET brought you an article which spoke about Harris and her belief that black slavery, which has been abolished for over 100 years, caused black people to have a higher rate of heart disease. In an interview with NPR, Harris said:

“African-Americans have higher rates of heart disease and high blood pressure. It is environmental. It is centuries of slavery, which was a form of violence.

… And that never, there was never any real intervention to break up what had been generations of people experiencing the highest forms of trauma. And trauma, undiagnosed and untreated, leads to psychological outcomes.”

Mason’s belief in rewriting history may be derived from Democratic Illinois Rep. La Shawn Ford. Recently, Ford made a demand that all history lessons be immediately stopped until they can all be rewritten because he believed that history teaches “white privilege.”

As reported by NBC Chicago, Ford said:

“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans. I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history.

“Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.”

So at least two of Mason’s supposed messages from God in his sermon in actuality appear to come from political talking points from Democratic leaders. However, his belief that college should be paid for by every taxpayer for blacks, now that one is new.

Mason also believes that all student loan debt for all living black people should be canceled and those that paid off their debt should be reimbursed for the cost.

Mason said:

“HBCUS funded for the next 200 years. Next 200 years. And right after that? You ain’t get this, did you? Descendants of slaves not paying for college for 200 years. Nobody. And canceling every black person’s student loan debt. And repaying blacks who paid for student loans.”

Mason does concede that reparations would not bring about world peace. He said:

“Now, I’m not saying that reparations is gonna bring peace on earth. Jesus will bring peace on earth. However, while we’re on earth, we gotta make the most of our time.”

Mason appears to believe that all white Americans, none of whom has ever owned a slave, should pay for all blacks now living and those yet to be born, who never lived a day in slavery, as punishment for the actions of some, but not all, of their ancestors.

Not every white person or white family owned slaves. And to bring this message forth in a sermon, like it is a message from God, is alarming.

But since Mason has brought religion into the argument, so will we. Romans 12:17-19 says:

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceable with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’”

It’s not the first ludicrous demand for ‘reparations’ this month:

DURHAM, NC – Duke University economist William Darity, Jr., in a report he published with his wife, Kirsten Mullen, has proposed that the federal government pay reparations of $12 million to eligible Americans.

Darity is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. His work focuses on “inequality based on race, class, and ethnicity.”

In June, Darity authored a report for the Roosevelt Institute entitled “Resurrecting the Promise of 40 Acres: The Imperative of Reparations for Black America.”

Darity asserts that the black community’s claim for reparations rests in the federal government’s failed attempt to give every newly emancipated household 40 acres of land as promised by President Lincoln.

He states,

“That failure laid the foundation for the enormous contemporary gap in wealth between black and white people in the US.

“If the land allocation had been made to the freedmen and freedwomen, and had that ownership been protected, we speculate that there would be no need to consider the case for black reparations today.”

Further criteria for reparations, he writes, rest in three additional factors:

  • slavery, or “the crucible that produced white supremacy”
  • legal segregation of the Jim Crow era
  • “ongoing atrocities,” which he lists as “mass incarceration, police executions of unarmed black people; sustained credit, housing, and employment discrimination; and the immense black-white wealth disparity.”

Darity calls for the “black-white wealth gap” to be eliminated, and to do so, the mean gap, not the median gap, must be addressed, as the mean gap is far, far higher between average white and black households.

He states that the median net worth of the average white household is $171,000. Because of extremely wealthy white Americans whose net worth is much greater, he argues using the $171,000 median figure is not appropriate to calculate deserved reparations.

Instead, to make up the gap, he asserts that $800,000 per eligible black household is necessary.

To cover all eligible households in this country, he writes, between $10 and $12 trillion will be required.

Another calculation for reparations, based on the value of the 40 acres of land per household, brings the estimated total reparations to approximately $16.5 trillion instead.

To be eligible, individuals must prove that they are descended from a slave, and they must have “self-identified black, negro, or African American on an official document” for at least 12 years.

Darity argues that the funds for reparations should come directly from the federal government, arguing that the government was responsible for the three factors mentioned above, either through creation of laws, or through “silence and inaction.”

In addition, Darity calls isolated attempts at reparations by states and institutions “insufficient.”

He states that these smaller attempts cannot handle the large price for which he is calling, they often do not involve financial restitution, and, he writes,

“most importantly, black reparations are not a matter of personal or individual institutional guilt; black reparations are a matter of national responsibility.”

In his conclusion, Darity adds that implementation of his proposal would not only eliminate the wealth gap he discusses. It would also deliver, he writes,

“an emphatic message that ‘the murderers cannot inherit.’”

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute disagrees that now is the time to add additional federal spending.

He told CNBC:

“Our national debt is already now up to around $26-27 trillion given the money we’re spending on Covid.”

Tanner added,

“And we’re losing more money because we’re not picking up the revenue because economic growth is so slow right now.

“This hardly seems the time to burden the economy with more debt, more taxes. Essentially what you want to do is stimulate economic growth for all our benefits.”

Glen Loury is a professor of economics at Brown University who opposes reparations. A black man himself, he spoke of the shortcomings over time that financial payments could have.

Loury told CNBC,

If you redistribute, you may have a short term impact, but in the long run, unless the differences in these populations, in their capacity to generate wealth, to start a business, to effectively take risks, to save and accumulate within their families, the underlying structure will push you back into a situation of inequality again.”

Public support for reparations appears to be divided among racial lines. An Ipsos poll in June found that 72% of African Americans supported reparations, whereas 14% of white Americans did not.

Across Americans of all races, 73% did not agree with reparations.

Many people have their own ideas for what the reparations process should entail, with one Chicago BLM activist conflating widespread looting with reparations.

Reparations are almost certain to be a consistent topic of conversation in the weeks leading up to the November election. Presidential candidate Joe Biden has created a task force to study slavery and come up with a plan for reparations. Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris has called for taxpayer-provided reparations.

It remains to be seen whether Professor Darity’s proposal will gain traction among candidates and members of Congress as the conversation on reparations continues during this election season.

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