Ice Cube stands in solidarity with George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died Monday in Minnesota after a white police officer pinned a knee to his neck.
On Thursday, the “It Was a Good Day” rapper was supposed to appear on “Good Morning America” to promote his new film “The High Note” co-starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson. However, the “Boyz n the Hood” actor decided to cancel in the wake of Floyd’s passing.
“I apologize to everyone expecting to see me on ‘Good Morning America’ today, but after the events in Minnesota with George Floyd I’m in no mood to tell America, good morning,” the musician — born O’Shea Jackson — wrote on his Twitter page.
When one fan said he should have used his TV appearance to bring awareness to racial injustice and police brutality, Ice Cube responded, “I’m done talking. These people know right from wrong and they obviously don’t care. So what we talking about?”
On Wednesday, the former N.W.A. group member tweeted a drawing that depicted the officer who used his knee against Floyd as a monster.
“Most kids are taught that Monsters are fake, but some kids know that Monsters are real...” he captioned the animation.
Most kids are taught that Monsters are fake, but some kids know that Monsters are real... pic.twitter.com/17FLDeWtlm— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 27, 2020
After the Minneapolis incident, the officers involved — later identified by the Minnesota Police Department as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng — were terminated.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey —who previously said the officer’s use of his knee was against department regulations — called on the Hennepin County district attorney’s office to press charges against the policeman in question.
However, the district attorney’s office responded in a statement, “In order to bring charges and obtain a guilty verdict, there are very specific parts of the law which must be met in prosecuting any crime of violence.”
Wednesday night in Minnesota, protests against the police officers continued and turned “extremely dangerous,” according to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in a tweet.
There was also a protest in downtown Los Angeles that momentarily shut down the 101 Freeway.