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One Again, Twitter Is Divided About A Racial Topic—This Time It’s About A Festival Charging White People More Than PO

Afrofuture Fest, a Detroit-based music festival, thought they had a bright idea when they decided to charge Non-People Of Color $10 more than their Black and Brown participants. Recently, outrage over the charge discrepancies has led users to accuse the festival’s part planners of planning a “reverse Jim Crowe era” event.

Ultimately all of this has led the event to backtrack on their earlier effort to charge people with different skin colors different prices.

The Detroit-based music festival recently debuted ticket prices based on the buyer’s skin color on Eventbrite and the backlash has been severe.

Afrofuture Fest is a Detroit-based event that is being hosted by local art and social collective Afrofuture Youth. According to the Afrofuture Youth website, they have good intentions.

The program aims to provide students with resources that will allow them to craft a “new, more equitable world.” In their attempts to achieve this however the collective planned to host AfroFuture Fest on 3 August by charging people of color and white people different prices. AfroFuture Fest‘s Eventbrite page featured an Early Bird POC Ticket for $10 and an Early Bird NONPOC Ticket for $20.

Of course, it didn’t take long for the differing prices to get picked up and go viral.

According to The Independent, the event’s listing said equality “means treating everyone the same.” and that the event’s “ticket structure was built to ensure that the most marginalized communities (people of colour) 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.”

News of the event’s charging practices went viral on social media when rapper Tiny Jag pulled out of the event and cited the unequal prices in tickets.

In an interview with CNN, Tiny Jag said she had been unknowingly added to the event but decided to support the collective’s cause by performing, however, once she learned of the prices, Jag said she felt “triggered.” According to JAG, she identifies herself as biracial and group up with a white grandmother.

“I didn’t think we were near that thinking that something like that could be progressive,” she told CNN. “We have never seen hate work, I don’t understand.”

In a Twitter post about the incident, the rapper issued a statement saying that the charges do not “reflect the views of myself or the Tiny Jag team.”

Eventbrite has also spoken out against the charges.

The U.S.-based event management and ticketing website told CNN that they do not “permit events that require attendees to pay different prices based on their protected characteristics such as race or ethnicity.”

They also said that they had notified the creator of the event about the violation and asked that the event’s prices be altered. “We have offered them the opportunity to do this on their own accord; should they not wish to comply we will unpublish the event completely from our site,” Eventbrite told CNN.

Of course, users online have split opinions about the event and the criticism its charges have received.

While many of the complaints about the ticketing prices have come from conservatives, many have been quick to defend the prices saying that the event was attempting to achieve equity.

Others have said that basing prices on skin tone pushes us further away from equality.

As is typical for Twitter, everyone has opinions and what one party finds racist the other finds right.

After all of the backlash, on Sunday evening, Afrofuture Fest tweeted that they had reversed their decision on ticketing prices.

The group said that they had “received threats from white supremacists” who were attacking children with “racist comments” on social platforms.

The ticketing formula has since changed on Eventbrite to include a $20 general admission fee and a “suggested donation for nonPOC.”

Foul-Mouthed Karen Yells At People To Stop Playing Bad Bunny And Play ‘American’ Music Instead

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Foul-Mouthed Karen Yells At People To Stop Playing Bad Bunny And Play ‘American’ Music Instead

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Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Puerto Ricans are American citizens (without the right to vote). Music made in Puerto Rico would then be considered American music since it is part of the U.S. However, one Karen in Wisconsin just doesn’t understand that and had a complete meltdown.

A very angry white woman went on an expletive-filled rant against people barbecuing in the park because of their music.

My first Karen was today. Todo por que no le gusta la musica que escuchamos 😂 #KarenWantTalkToTheManager Stop Being Racist. To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.com

Posted by Ramon Luis Cancel on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A woman made a point recently to verbally attack a Puerto Rican family while barbecuing in a park. What did they do to offend the woman? They were playing Bad Bunny. The woman, who has not been identified, called on the group to play American music because they are in America.

“You are so fucking disrespectful,” the Wisconsin Karen told the group when they called her disrespectful. “Puerto Ricans. Fuck all this.”

During her rant, the group turns on Bad Bunny’s “Safaera” and continued to argue with her.

“Safaera” is one of Bad Bunny’s most popular songs. It would be pretty hard to convince people that this song is something that should be turned off. Like, Why can’t people just enjoy their time out and about without having to get into a racist, xenophobic argument?

Some Puerto Ricans on Twitter made sure to remind her how lucky she is to be in Wisconsin.

This isn’t the first time someone was verbally harassed in a park for showing their Puerto Rican heritage. One man was charged with a hate crime after trying to attack a woman in Chicago who was wearing a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag on it. It is a true testament to their resolve that the Puerto Rican family being yelled at were able to stay calm and level-headed. Granted, they did argue back but it seems they were provoked.

It seems the woman needs a basic civics lesson on how Puerto Ricans are Americans.

A poll conducted by Morning Consult found that half of Americans do not know that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. The confusion has been exacerbated by President Trump during the early stages of Hurricane Maria recovery. The Trump administration has been criticized for its treatment of Puerto Rico.

People commented on the Facebook video about how else the situation could have been handled.

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If she wants to hear American music, then let her hear American music. Crank that volume all the way up and let her hear the true range of American music. There’s nothing better than educating someone when they let their ignorance be known.

One person is just feeling bad for the man clearly trying to get the confrontational woman moving.

Credit: Ramon Luis Cancel / Facebook

He really just wants to keep it moving. It is almost like he realized before she did that being on camera saying racist things is not a good look in the time of social media and doxxing.

Smartphones have changed the way we live by giving us a chance to capture moments like this and broadcast them to the world. Social media serves as a way to really make the most out of the public shaming.

READ: Felony Hate Crime Charges Have Been Filed Against The Man Who Harassed A Woman For Wearing A Puerto Rico Flag Shirt

A Louisiana Cop Has Been Fired After Saying It Was ‘Unfortunate’ That The Coronavirus Hasn’t Killed More Black People

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A Louisiana Cop Has Been Fired After Saying It Was ‘Unfortunate’ That The Coronavirus Hasn’t Killed More Black People

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study released last week, as U.S. deaths from the Coronavirus approached the 100,000 mark, shows that the black population is dying of the virus at a rate 3.57 times higher than the white population. In some places, such as New York, that rate is even higher.

That is apparently not enough for a Louisiana police officer, who has been fired for writing on Facebook that it is “unfortunate” more black people have not died of the deadly illness.

A white Louisiana cop has been fired following a social media post that revealed his views on the Coronavirus and black people.

Steven Aucoin was a police officer with the Kaplan Police Department – a town about 60 miles outside the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge. He was fired earlier this month after an investigation showed he made extremely racist comments on a Facebook post.

Aucoin’s comments, which were shown in a screenshot of the live stream, were in response to another user who described the Coronavirus as the “virus that was created to kill all the BLACKS is death.” The officer clearly responded with two statements, “Well it didn’t work.” And directly under that comment he then said, “How unfortunate.”

In another section of the thread, Aucoin wrote, “I can’t wait until the next part of the plan is implemented and they see what’s in store for their kind.”

The police chief investigated the comments and quickly fired Aucoin.

Credit: Kaplan Police Department / Facebook

According to Kaplan Police Chief Joshua Hardy, the matter was looked into, investigated, and Aucoin was fired shortly after.

In a brief statement posted to Facebook, the agency said “Chief Hardy and the Kaplan Police Department would like to apologize for this matter. As a police officer, we’re held to a higher standard than normal civilians, so you got to watch what you do. You got to watch what you say.”

Aucoin’s firing was met with some applause – including in meme form – on the department’s Facebook page.

Credit: Kaplan Police Department / Facebook

“I applaud your swift and decisive action regarding this matter,” one commenter wrote. “Your willingness to serve notice on bigotry and ignorance is a genuine representation of redoubtable leadership that is necessary during these difficult times.”

The racist officer’s comments and firing comes as a number of high-profile racial incidences have made headlines across the country.

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Just a few weeks ago, the brutal murder of Ahmaud Arbery – a 25-year-old black man – made headlines after a video was shared on social media of former police officer Gregory McMichael and son Travis that chasing and gunning him down. The two men were arrested and public outrage over the lack of response from local officials in February has been wide-spread.

Shortly after that, a video showing a white Minneapolis Police Department officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for over 8 minutes, until he died, has sparked outrage and massive protests against the murder around the country.

Also in May, a white woman named Amy Cooper was walking her dog off the leash in Central Park in New York. When a black man  – Christian Cooper, who was out bird watching – asked if she could put her dog on the leash, she called the cops on him, saying her life was being threatened by an ‘African American man’. She has since been terminated from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton on Tuesday, having been placed on administrative leave a day earlier.