Ice Cube has been promoting his Contract with Black America ahead of the upcoming presidential election, and it looks like both major party candidates have taken notice. Speaking with TMZ earlier this week, the rap veteran revealed that the camps of both Joe Biden and Donald Trump have contacted him about his proposed agenda.
“The end game is to get a candidate to adopt this plan because it’s needed for Black America,” Cube told the outlet. “We all got our favorite candidate that we want to win, but the thing is — we need this done.”
In a previous op-ed The Hill article, Cube outlined his Contact with Black America and called for politicians to present a plan for reparations and address racial inequalities within the banking and financial industries, criminal justice system, policing, education and Hollywood.
Speaking with TMZ, the multi-hyphenate said that he and the Biden campaign team talked “about a few things,” namely economic support for Black Americans.
“Making sure that a fair amount of government contracts go to Black businesses,” he named as one talking point. “... I really want to focus on economics. I think economics could fix a lot of these other social problems.”
Cube added that the Biden campaign is already “moving full-speed” ahead on social justice issues, but he wants to see an equal amount of attention go to economic equality initiatives.
“The same amount of energy needs to go into getting us out of the economic hole that Black people have found ourselves in generation after generation,” he said. “We have to get ourselves out of this wealth gap.”
Cube confirmed that both sides have contacted him about his proposed contract. He added that Biden’s team should move quickly because Trump has the opportunity to actually implement parts of the plan before the upcoming election.
“What I see is both sides understand that something big needs to be done,” Cube explained. “I’m ready to fight for Black people; I’m not concerned about too many other things right now.”