Detroit rapper Tiny Jag cancelled a gig at a local music festival due to its racially motivated ticket prices.
Tiny Jag pulled out of AfroFuture Festival because the festival is charging white concert goers more than those of color. White people who want to attend the festival have to pay $20 for an early bird ticket and $40 for a regular ticket. People of color only have to pay $10 and $20, respectively.
“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial,” she told Detroit Metro Times. “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.”
Many of the songs she performs are from her first project Polly, which is named after her grandmother.
AfroFuture director and founder Numi Ori explained the basis of the ticketing structure on Twitter.
To clear up any misunderstandings, there is a reason tickets for people of color are PURPOSELY cheaper than tickets for white people. @AFYDet and Afrofuture Fest is about promoting EQUITY over EQUALITY. Please continue reading the next tweet for a better understanding
— Afrofuture (@NumiOri) July 2, 2019
— Shooter (@Syclonut) July 5, 2019