A music festival that is to be held in Michigan is under heat for charging white people twice the amount for a ticket than they were charging “people of color.”
AfroFuture Fest was offering early bird tickets for $10 to people of color, while “non-POC” tickets were being sold for $20.
When performer Tiny Jag heard of the controversial situation, she dropped out of the event.
“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial…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,” she told the Detriot Metro Times. She also went on to explain she is sympathetic to the goal of equality for the black community. She found the whole ordeal as “not solution-focused.”
Adrienne Ayers, the founder, and co-director of AfroFuture Youth explained that the reasoning behind the higher ticket prices was to allow the black community to enjoy a black event.
“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.”
After receiving backlash Adrienne Ayers stated that the price would be set to a standard rate of $20, but there is a suggested donation for non-people of color.