By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
(AllHipHop News) While our society falls victim to acts of racism and discrimination, one music festival is doing… the opposite.
AfroFuture Fest is slated to take over August 3rd and 4th in Detroit, with ticket prices LOWER for people of color vs. non-people of color.
The music and arts festival seems to vary depending on the attendee's skin color.
The organizers of the festival set the prices: early bird tickets for POC retailed at $10 while non-POC were charged $20.
This price point has lead to much controversy and even one of the headliners, Tiny Jag, has pulled out on the show, stating she was “enraged” by the policy.
It’s not clear what criteria was used to determine the race and identity of people attempting to buy tickets.
Here is a deeper explanation from the organizers:
WHY DO WE HAVE POC(PEOPLE OF COLOR) AND NONPOC(WHITE PEOPLE) TICKETS? I'M GLAD YOU ASKED!
EQUALITY MEANS TREATING EVERYONE THE SAME
EQUITY IS INSURING EVERYONE HAS WHAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL
OUR TICKET STRUCTURE WAS BUILT TO INSURE THAT THE MOST MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES (PEOPLE OF COLOR) ARE PROVIDED WITH AN EQUITABLE CHANCE AT ENJOYING EVENTS IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY (BLACK DETROIT).
AFFORDING JOY AND PLEASURE IS UNFORTUNATELY STILL A PRIVILEGE IN OUR SOCIETY FOR POC AND WE BELIEVE EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO RECEIVING SUCH.
WE'VE SEEN TOO MANY TIMES ORGASMIC EVENTS HAPPENING IN DETROIT AND OTHER POC POPULATED CITIES AND WHAT CONSISTENTLY HAPPENS IS PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY BENEFITING MOST FROM AFFORDABLE TICKET PRICES BECAUSE OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO WEALTH.
THIS CYCLE DISPROPORTIONATELY DISPLACES BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE FROM ENJOYING ENTERTAINMENT IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES.
AS AN AFROFUTURIST YOUTH LEAD INITIATIVE THE VOICES OF OUR YOUTH INFORM OUR RESISTANCE.
HERE'S WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY
" IF YOU DON'T SEE MY BLACKNESS, YOU DON'T SEE ME. PERIODT!"