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People living in Rashida Tlaib’s home district of Detroit, Michigan have seen the future and what they learned is that whites will not be welcome. A festival scheduled for next month called “Afrofuture” is selling tickets with the price based on race. So called “people of color” were given every single one of the free general admission tickets. Those were all passed out before the regular ones even went on sale. Whites wanting to get one of the “early bird” tickets were charged $20.00.

Regular tickets are now being sold for 20.00, but only if you’re one of those colorful people. Just plain vanilla folks have to come up with $40.00 per ticket. Twice as much and not a single free ticket. Isn’t that illegal discrimination? Apparently, no. Not in Detroit.

The official website for the event makes the reasons behind the price structure crystal clear. In FAQ format they post:

“Why do we have POC (People of Color) and NONPOC (white people) tickets? I’m glad you asked! Equality means treating everyone the same. Equity is insuring everyone has what they need to be successful.”

“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 (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.”

“We’ve seen too many times orgasmic events happening in Detroit and other POC populated cities and what consistently happens is people outside of the community benefiting most from affordable ticket prices because of their proximity to wealth.”

“This cycle disproportionately displaces black and brown people from enjoying entertainment in their own communities.”

One conservative commentator, Tore of the Tore Says show, called Congresswoman Tlaib’s office to get her position on the obvious discrimination. They laughed at her.

“Congresswoman Tlaib champions equality for all,” a staffer informed. “Reparations and justice for all are key drivers of her campaign. An event has the right to appropriate pricing as they wish and the pricing itself makes it clear that racism is not tolerated and that minorities should be lifted up in the face of white privilege.”

Tore notes, “I thought I was being punked. I rephrased my question and simplified it secretly hoping for a different response unwilling to believe that staff of a member of Congress would respond like that.”

“Don’t you find it discriminatory that if I want to buy a ticket I have to pay double the price simply because of the color of my skin? That is in fact the definition of racism.” There was a slight snicker on the other end. “It’s not racist if you aren’t a protected minority group.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

One of the headliners of the event got wind of it and pulled out. Jillian Graham, aka Detroit-based rapper Tiny Jag, “was immediately enraged just because I am biracial,” she told 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.”

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She told them to take her name off of all the promotion materials too.

“It’s non-progressive and it’s not solution-focused in my eyes. 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.”

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