Singer Asks White People to Move to the Back at Concert
It was just one person who refused to budge. She was not going to move to the back because she was born with the "wrong" pigmentation.
No, I'm not talking about Rosa Parks.
I'm talking about a volunteer photographer at a Canadian pop festival who refused to move to the back of the crowd when the singer asked her to -- because she wanted no whites up front. Then, to make things really stupid, the festival apologized for the racism ... of the volunteer:
A music festival in Halifax, Canada has apologized for “overt racism” following a volunteer staffer’s refusal to move to the back because she is Caucasian.
According to the National Post, performer Lido Pimienta, who won the 2017 Polaris Prize, frequently asks all white members of her audience to move to the back and give up their seats to non-white audience members. They must do so regardless of whether they pay more for their seating.
The Halifax Pop Explosion music festival is apologizing for the actions of a photographer who refused to acquiesce to Pimienta’s request during her October 19 show. Her refusal to do so was considered an “interruption” and deemed an act of “overt racism,” according to the festival’s board of directors, who are now promising to make changes to the event.
The board promises to improve “anti-oppression and anti-racism training” for their staff next year, essentially asking them to give in to the demands of people who supposedly face more oppression than they do.
First, if I pay for my seat, you can kiss my rosy-red ass if you think I'm going to move so you can score points with your virtue-signaling.
Second, if I'm a volunteer photographer, I'm going to stay next to the stage so I can get better shots. Trust me, I've tried shooting a concert from the back. It's not easy. In the front, you tend to have more options.
None of that really matters, however. You see, the "overt racism" present during Pimienta's concert was from Pimienta herself.
What else do you call the act of relegating people to sub-optimal seating simple because of their race? She made it clear that she had no use for her white audience at all. She can claim this is about social justice, but there's nothing "just" about it. This is racism, no matter how she may try to spin it.