Rock and racism

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Hi, we un­der­stand that you are a spon­sor of the Hal­i­fax Pop Ex­plo­sion mu­sic fes­ti­val. At one of their per­for­mances all whites were asked to move to the back. One woman re­fused and was kicked out. Then the Hal­i­fax Pop Ex­plo­sion board apol­o­gized to the per­former, and called the per­son who re­fused to move a ras­cist [sic]. This is like call­ing a black woman who re­fused to move to the back of the bus in 1960 Alabama a ras­cist [sic]. I re­al­ize this is hard to be­lieve so we’re in­clud­ing a link to a story about it from The Daily Caller. We are won­der­ing if you are go­ing to con­tinue

to spon­sor such a ras­cist [sic] event? —Ben

Ed­i­tor’s note: For a bet­ter per­spec­tive on that Lido Pimienta HPX show, read Pimienta’s “Mak­ing space for op­pressed peo­ple is an act of love” at the­coast.ca. There she ad­dresses the ques­tion of how “an artist of African and Indige­nous blood, who grew up in Colom­bia and gave birth in Canada, whose band­mates are two white men, is a racist?” she writes. “Well, be­cause a re­porter who was not at my show wrote a click­bait­ing ar­ti­cle, telling his read­ers that I kicked a white woman out of my show be­cause she wanted to take photos of me.”

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