Rapper Refuses To Perform At Concert That Discriminates Against White People
Jillian Graham, aka Rapper Tiny Jag, pulled out of a concert after she found out that they were charging white people double to attend. Graham was scheduled to perform at AfroFuture Fest’s concert in Detroit this August.
Graham found out after a white friend of hers pointed it out on Instagram. “The early bird POC (“people of color”) ticket was $10 while the early bird “non-POC” ticket cost $20.
“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial,” Graham tells 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.”
“A lot of the songs that I perform are from my first project called ‘Polly’ — that is my grandmother’s name,” she continued. “How do you want me to come to a performance and perform these songs off a mixtape that is titled after this white woman that you would have charged double to get in here? Like, it’s just outrageous from so many different angles.”
“It’s non-progressive and it’s not solution-focused in my eyes,” she says. “It seems almost like it has spite, and unfortunately with spite comes hate, and that’s just not obviously going to be a good direction for us to go if we’re looking for positive change.”
“AfroFuture explained their policy and rationale for it on their Eventbrite page. Organizers cite “equality” and “equity” in their ticketing, and state their 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,” organizers wrote.”
Good on her. She is standing up for what she believes in and for what is right. There shouldn’t be discrimination on the cost of an event based on race. If it were the other way around there would be a lawsuit. This kind of thing shouldn’t be allowed period.
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