A music festival called the AfroFuture Fest scheduled for early August in Detroit is actually charging white people twice as much as so-called people of color. I had to see the website myself to believe this, but low and behold, there it was, two different pricing tiers. People of color are being charged half of what non-people of color are being charged. In fact, up until a certain date, back in June, people of color as their called, in other words, non-white, people of color could get free passes to the music festival. ONLY people of color could come free for a set period of time. I know, to me it is beyond stunning that no one has sued as of yet or a civil rights commission has not gotten involved. Here you have a music festival that deliberately charges people more money simply because of the color of their skin!!! Now, the website actually defends this practice, and this is what the website says, “Why do we have POC (people of color) and NONPOC (white people) tickets? I’m glad you asked! equality means treating everyone the same. Equality is ensuring everyone has what they need to be successful. Our ticket structure was built to ensure that the most marginalized communities (that is PEOPLE OF COLOR) are provided with an equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community.” It then goes on to say, “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.”
And so, I guess because black and brown people are disproportionately displaced because of the economic privileges of white people, then we are justified in charging white people twice as much as we are charging non-white people , people of color. Last I looked, white is a color, isn’t it? Now, for me, there are two very clear takeaways from this, I know there is more, but I am seeing two main takeaways. First and foremost, this is just the latest example of how fancy shmancy words that are used on our college campuses and within the Democratic Party to justify and legitimate legitimate blatant bigotry and vile racist ideologies.
Do you remember the three scholars who sent fake papers to various academic journals? This was sometime last year if recall correctly. There were these three scholars who believed that there is a propensity among academics to accept moral and intellectual absurdities simply because these absurdities were couched in politically fashionable terms and concepts. In other words, these three scholars wanted to EXPOSE the fact that in today’s academy, more often than not, academics are actually activists, so much of what passes today as academia is actually leftwing activism disguised as academic work. And so, what they did is they submitted a number of fake papers to various academic journals to expose this propensity towards the morally and intellectually absurd within a thoroughly leftist cultural Marxist political agenda. And perhaps the most stunning development in all of this was the publication of a three-thousand word excerpt from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, but it was rewritten in the language of what is called Intersectionality theory, which studies the various ways in which power relationships intertwine to disenfranchise minority cultures and identities. Arguments from Hitler’s Mein Kampf, chapter 12 from Volume 1 to be exact, were republished as a legitimate scholarly paper in the Gender Studies journal Affilia. And according to these three scholars, all they had to do was learn how to speak in this politically correct code that we can read on this music festival website. They just had to use terms like equality and equity and justice and disproportionality and displacement and marginalized and majority and power and voila. We can republish literal ethno-fascist propaganda but updated for modern politically correct sensibilities! So that is the first takeaway. This is a wonderfully horrific example of how fancy shmancy words that are used on our college campuses and within the Democratic Party to justify and legitimate blatant bigotry and vile racist ideologies.
And this lends itself to the second point, the second takeaway. Scholars have noticed that multicultural, pluralistic societies such as ours and those in Western Europe are currently collapsing more and more into highly tribalized societies. The problem here is that multicultural societies require the secular virtue of tolerance, that is of course the word we have heard now for a good twenty years or so. We need to be tolerant [again]. The problem is that tolerance has been increasingly reinterpreted by grievance theorists as a social mechanism that continues to maintain racially intolerant and bigoted social conditions. In other words, because of the supposed continuation of social injustices, leftwing grievance theorists have grown increasingly intolerant of tolerance, they do not want tolerance, they want action! They want justice! And so, multiculturalism is collapsing into tribalism, leftwing multiculturalism is collapsing into leftwing tribalism. What we have seen with the Black Lives Matter movement and Colin Kaepernick and the like is an increasing allegiance to micro-ethnic nationalisms as opposed to the larger civic nationalism as advocated by Donald Trump and his nationalist populist agenda. And so, with the collapse of multiculturalism into a post-colonial tribalism, we are seeing a renewed commitment to various ethno-nationalisms, particularly black and Latino nationalisms, which are coming out of the collapse of multiculturalism into competing tribalisms, and that is precisely what we are seeing here with his music festival. The commitment to racial equality is now taking a backseat to racial equity, which involves GOING BACK to a time when we deliberately treated races differently, different races get different social treatment, in the name of a new ideology, good old fashioned racism is making a comeback.
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