Ice Cube spoke to Bloomberg Politics about Hillary Clinton, “superpredators” and the legacy that’s been born of stigmatizing the black community. In a conversation with Bloomberg Politics’ John Heilemann, Cube shared his thoughts on the 2016 presidential race and Clinton’s controversial history, in particular.
“‘Superpredator’–that’s like the kind of stuff people used to say about the guys in N.W.A. and the culture that you guys represented,” said Heilemann, referencing Clinton’s now-infamous 1996 quote regarding crime in the black community. “It seems crazy that we’re still having this conversation in 2016.”
Cube made it clear that he feels Hillary Clinton’s verbiage represents a deeply rooted problem that has not been addressed by either side of the political spectrum.
“Things haven’t changed,” Cube said. “Like with the movie I said, the more things change the more they stay the same. TO call your own citizens ‘superpredators’ is pretty harsh and a it’s pretty big indictment. It’s just like the term ‘thug’ or ‘hoodlum,’ it’s just a easy brush to point somebody with.
“And it’s not really not solving the problem–it’s just making it worse. Because now you have authorities that feel like they’re justified in how they treat these so-called ‘superpredators.’ And what is that? Who is that? I mean, specifically–who are you talking about?”
Cube explained how the black community suffers when those in power paint in broad strokes.
“The thing–back in the 80s, Daryl Gates and the LAPD–they did a ‘war on gangs.’ But if I’m a black kid that’s not in a gang, but I look like a gang member to this white officer, then it’s a war on me. That’s the problem with a term like ‘superpredators.’”
And he also took Democrats to task for feeling that they aren’t “the problem.”
“And for some reason, the Democrats feel like they’re exempt from these protests. It’s like ‘We’re Democrats–why are you talking to us like this? Go talk to the Republicans.’ No, no. Everybody’s a little guilty of turning they back or passing bad legislation and everybody should be called out on it.”
When Heilemann asked if the criticism Clinton has received from organizations like Black Lives Matter is warranted, Cube said that she has to be held accountable and scrutinized.
“Of course. Because she might be the President of the United States,” Cube said. “And if she becomes the President of the United States, we need to know what she’s thinking; how does she think, how’s she going to handle this, how is she going to fix this? She helped create it, in a way. How are you going to fix this?”