On May 25, George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, was killed in broad daylight in downtown Minneapolis by Derek Chauvin, a White cop who kept his knee pressed on Floyd’s neck for a horrifying eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Two weeks ago, when NME spoke to Ice Cube via Zoom from his home in Los Angeles, George Floyd was still alive. Such is the frequency of racist murders in America that at the time we were discussing the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25 year-old African-American man from Georgia who was shot while jogging.
Three decades have passed since Cube described young Black men as an “endangered species” on his first solo record ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’.
Cube argues that the only way out of this perpetual cycle of fear, pain and violence is through unity. “I don’t know why people don’t realise that we’ve got to do this together,” he says. “Nobody wants a whole community just full of them. That ain’t how it works. We’ve got to mix and mingle. We’ve got to help each other. That’s the only way it’s gonna work.”
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