Detroit Music Festival Charged Lower Ticket Prices For People Of Color

July 9, 2019

A Detroit music festival is facing backlash for charging white people and people of color different prices for tickets, prompting one of the festivals acts to cancel her appearance. 

Rapper Tiny Jag said she learned about the difference in ticket cost, which saw the organization request that “non-POC” tickets cost more, from a friend, the Detroit Metro Times reported. 

The “people of color” ticket was $10, and “non-POC” tickets were $20, according to the report. 

A description for the event, called AfroFuture, said it would involve “a 360 transformative dreamscape centering Detroit’s black magic performers and artisans with community.” 

In an FAQ post on the Eventbrite page, the festival said it charged different prices because “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).” 

The event is scheduled for Aug. 3. 

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