A Detroit rapper has pulled out of ‘AfroFuture Fest’ a local music festival after discovering its race-based pricing policy.
According to The Federalist Papers, One set of prices were for “people of color” and were $20 and the other price was $40 for non persons of color, read white people.
Among those outraged was rapper Tiny Jag who withdrew from the event after she learned of the two tiered ticket structure, Detroit Metro Times reported.
“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial,” she said. “I have family members that would have, under those circumstances, been subjected to something that I would not ever want them to be in … especially not because of anything that I have going on.”
“It seems almost like it has spite, and unfortunately with spite comes hate, and that’s just not obviously going to be a good direction for us to go if we’re looking for positive change,” she said.
Following significant backlash the event backtracked and will offer tickets to everyone for $20, The New York Times reported.
The decision to change course came after threats and harassment, said Adrienne Ayers, who goes by Numi and is the founder and co-director of Afrofuture Youth. She said that after right-wing websites highlighted the pricing, people called and harassed the owner of the venue, and sent messages to her co-director’s family.
“For safety, not anything else but that, the new ticket structure will be a standard set price across the board of $20,” she said. “However, there will be a suggested donation for non-people of color.”
Organizers seem to have NO REMORSE and only changed the prices due to significant backlash.
“Our goal is to ensure that the youth of our community can participate in the building of a more just society, one that specifically promotes equity over equality,” she said.