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Music Festival In Hot Water After Charging White People Double

A Detroit music festival is changing its tune after facing a backlash for charging white people twice as much for a ticket.

The 'AfroFuture Fest' was charging $10 for a POC - person of color - ticket, and $20 for a non-POC ticket. Backlash began to form after one of the performers, rapper Tiny Jag, dropped out of the festival, saying she was 'triggered' by the policy.

"A non-POC friend of mine brought to my attention that AfroFuture is requiring non-people-of-color to pay twice the amount to attend the festival as POC," she tweeted on July 2. "This does not reflect the views of myself or the Tiny Jag team. I will not be playing this show. I apologize for anyone who may have been triggered or offended."

Ticket hosting site, Eventbrite, 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."

"In this case, we have notified the creator of the event about this violation and requested that they alter their event accordingly," their statement adds. "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."

Organizers defended the policy, saying it was meant so people of color could have "an equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community".

But on Sunday, they reversed it, citing safety concerns over "threats from white supremacists". Tickets are now $20 across the board.

"For the safety of our community, family, elders who received threats from white supremacists,& youth who were subjected to seeing racist comments on our IG pg,Afrofuture Fest has changed our ticketing model to $20 General Admission & suggested donation for nonPOC on @eventbrite"

In an explanation on Eventbrite, Afrofuture Youth wrote "Events often designed for marginalized Black and Brown communities can be easily co-opted by those with cultural, monetary, and class privileges."

The group still encourages non-poc individuals to "provide additional donations as acknowledgment of this historical inequity."

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