We have previously discussed concerns events were organizers have increased charges or even banned people due to the gender or race Now a music and arts festival in Detroit is charging fans different prices depending on their skin color. AfroFuture Fest, to be held on August 3-4 3-4, are charging lower rates for tickets bought by “people of color” than for “non-people of color”. While one artist has stood against the racist policy and refused to appear, there is a notable muted response from many local politicians and the other musicians who are willing to appear at such an event.
Tiny Jag, a biracial rapper based in Detroit, has quit the event after the posting of the ticket prices below.
The event is now ironically seeking to restore the racial limits on public accommodations and events that led to the famous Civil Rights protests. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title II states: “All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.” That includes “any motion picture house, theatre, concert hall, sports arena, stadium or other place of exhibition or entertainment”.
There is a growing trend of exceptionalism in the United States where people claim the ability to discriminate on the basis of speech or race or gender simply because they define themselves as victims or the cause as righteous. It is in fact simply racism.