Dice sparked controversy after tweeting that the Trump marketing campaign made changes to “their plan” for Black America after speaking to him. Dice was referring to components of his “Contract With Black America,” which contains a preface written by Darrick Hamilton — one of the vital revered and well-known Black economists within the nation and requires “a blueprint to realize racial and financial justice” via polices that promote wealth creation, residence possession, small companies prison justice reform, and voting rights. Small components of the “Contract” are mirrored in what the Trump administration has dubbed its “Platinum Plan” with election time appeals to Black voters.
Information of Dice’s seeming alliance with Trump’s anti-Black political empire set Black Twitter ablaze with anger and confusion; Dice responded by casting himself as a political maverick unafraid to go in opposition to the grain. In an interview
with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Dice mentioned he’s keen to work with folks on each side of the aisle. “I am not taking part in no extra of those political video games, we’re not a part of a staff … so I will whoever’s in energy and I will converse to them about our issues, particularly,” Dice mentioned, explaining that “our” is referring to Black People. “I am not stepping into there speaking about minorities, I am not stepping into there speaking about folks of colour or variety or none of that stuff. I am going there for Black People, those who’re descendants of slaves.”
Although he denounced Trump in 2016
, Dice’s newer foray into politics has been formed by statements that no matter political get together, he needs change. The difficulty with this strategy is that it implies one way or the other that for Black People, each main events are or might be interchangeable. The ethical equivalency behind such rhetoric is unfaithful. For as flawed because the modern-day Democratic Get together is on race issues it’s, for higher and worse, the get together of anti-racism and intersectional justice in contrast to the modern day GOP
. The modern Republican Get together has grow to be, purposefully in sure quarters, a refuge for the architects of racial division
, scapegoating, and hatred that has advanced previous the canine whistles of the Nixon period into the bullhorn utilized by President Trump and his acolytes.
The troubling historical past Ice Dice evokes
50 Cent’s rhetoric apart, there’s additionally a troubling and gendered dimension to his endorsement of Trump and to Ice Dice’s apparently “pox on each homes” perspective. Not solely do each positions dismiss the staggeringly racist language, methods and insurance policies propagated by Trump and his administration (which lots of his allies have both endorsed or enabled), however additionally they dismiss the stalwart support
that Black ladies have provided for Democratic candidates. Even worse, such positions fail to acknowledge that essentially the most highly effective and promising Black leaders in America are largely ladies. Witness the work of Rep. Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts, Congressional candidate Cori Bush in Missouri and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in Georgia, to call just a few, which has been integral to shaping a brand new Black political agenda that seeks to focus consideration on essentially the most marginalized segments of the African American neighborhood. If Dice (or 50 Cent for that matter) really wished to assist progress for Black People, he might acknowledge and assist the progressive Black ladies looking for to essentially rework American democracy.
Actually, many Black males are (rightly) prone to be horrified by Dice’s receptiveness to Trump and 50 Cent’s outright endorsement of him. However Ice Dice’s obvious incapacity to acknowledge or acknowledge Black ladies in his rush to be the arbiter of change looks like a form of deliberate blindness, a blindness additional difficult by the truth that he’s actually not the primary outstanding Black male political or cultural superstar to attempt to negotiate or work with racist politicians — or those that had been largely seen as supporting anti-Black insurance policies. It is an strategy with deep historic roots.
Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam privately met
with representatives of the Klan and cast a public rapprochement with different white supremacists round their mutual distaste, for various causes, of racial integration.
These efforts proved largely fruitless and, nonetheless nicely intentioned, morally compromised efforts at reaching racial justice.
Black Energy activist and Black Research scholar Maulana Karenga was pilloried for attending a private meeting
within the late 1960s with then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan within the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
Congress of Racial Equality chief Floyd McKissick went from marching alongside Stokely Carmichael and King in Mississippi to publicly supporting Richard Nixon
, whose damaged promise to assist an all-Black “Soul Metropolis” in North Carolina is a tragic exemplar of what negotiating with teams hostile to the thought of Black citizenship and dignity truly achieves.
(And lest you suppose it has been solely Black males who’ve executed this, take note
: throughout the Nice Despair period Black ladies nationalists who championed Liberian emigration sought assist from Theodore Bilbo, the infamous segregationist Mississippi senator.)
Who will get erased by a ‘each side’ strategy
Actually, Ice Dice lending his assist to a racially simply America is necessary and noteworthy. The “Contract With Black America” accommodates some necessary coverage suggestions that, if achieved, would assist tens of millions of African People get pleasure from higher entry to wealth, financial justice, voting rights, and fewer punishment by the hands of the police.
But along with his questionable “each side”-ing of Democrats and Republicans on problems with racial justice, Ice Dice’s wider “blueprint” falls in need of the unconventional coverage suggestions championed by A Motion for Black Lives. Essentially the most revelatory facet of this 12 months of America’s racial reckoning has been the power of Black women organizers
, thinkers and leaders in advocating maybe essentially the most expansive imaginative and prescient of Black freedom ever conceived. Black Lives Matter, led primarily by radical Black and queer feminists, in so some ways presents the nation a extra expansive imaginative and prescient of liberation than the sort promoted by Ice Dice.
BLM’s decentralized management has referred to as on Black activists, organizers and on a regular basis folks to amplify the tales of essentially the most marginalized sectors of the Black neighborhood: LGBTQIA; the mentally and emotionally ailing; the non-able-bodied; HIV optimistic and money poor; the unhoused and undocumented. They heart the experiences of these the Trump administration would prefer to
disempower, demonize or ignore.
The problem Ice Dice and others can not deny
Black males’s ache, which Ice Dice’s scowling picture from his traditional first two albums — “Amerikkka’s Most Wished and Dying Certificates” — so brilliantly replicate, is actual as reflected in their extraordinary rates
of imprisonment, punishment and demise. Black ladies’s ache is simply as potent, as illustrated of their accelerating charges of incarceration, excessive charges of poverty and depressing levels
of earnings and decrease charges of wealth.
Black males have a pivotal position to play on this nationwide second of racial and political reckoning. This requires straight Black males embracing a special form of management mannequin, one that attracts on the panoramic nature of the Black freedom battle.
The broader motion was by no means primarily led by Black males. Black feminists, from Ida B. Wells’ anti-lynching campaign as much as the founders of the BLM, have enlarged the scope and imaginative and prescient of American democracy. Black queer activists, from Bayard Rustin and Audre Lorde to James Baldwin and Barbara Smith have expanded the boundaries of Blackness in ways in which challenged white supremacy, systemic racism and patriarchy — in addition to homo- and transphobia throughout the Black neighborhood.
Sure, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. stay in that pantheon, however they stand alongside Wells, Anna Julia Cooper, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis and so many others. Modern Black ladies thinkers, writers and activists comparable to Patrisse Cullors, Brittney Cooper, Keeanga Yamahta-Taylor, Michelle Alexander, Keisha N. Blain, Imani Perry, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Martha Jones and Roxane Homosexual have produced the form of earth shattering literary and historic work that Dice — and all People — would profit from studying. Collectively these works provide us dynamic, difficult and thought-provoking visions of a liberated future guided by the form of deep humility, private sincerity and political integrity that will by no means align with Donald Trump’s agenda.