A biracial rapper has opted to pull out of a music festival after it was discovered that people of color would pay $10 per ticket, while white patrons would be expected to pay double that amount for the festival. She announced that she felt the price disparity based on race was completely wrong and dropped out as soon as she found out.
Tiny Jag, whose real name is Jillian Graham, announced on social media her intentions of dropping out of AfroFuture Fest, a Michigan-based festival taking place in August that caters to people of color, according to their website.
“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial,” Graham told the 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.”
According to Fox News, the website has “POC” (a person of color) and a “non-POC” tickets. The “POC” tickets are being charged at $10 a ticket, while those purchasing a “Non-POC” ticket are being charged $20.
Graham claims she was blindsided by the news of the ticket prices, and once a friend pointed it out to her, she opted to publicly drop out of the festival.
“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,” she said.
Graham, whose grandmother is white, stood firm on her premise that all races should be charged the same price for tickets.
AfroFuture Fest has been blasted online once the news of their ticket price disparity became public. The organizers of the festival released a statement defending their stance on the ticket prices.
“Equality means treating everyone the same. Equity is insuring everyone has what they need to be successful,” the group wrote in a statement released on their website. “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.”