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AOC fires back at Trump: ‘You cannot accept that we don’t fear you’

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On Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a gutsy response towards President Donald Trump for insinuating that she and other House lawmakers don’t represent the real America.

Ocasio-Cortez took to social media, unleashing a series of tweets at the president, who earlier Sunday received backlash for his controversial Twitter commentary which targeted the new Democrats, “they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

While Trump’s tweets excluded the names of the congresswomen, he sent smoke in Ocasio-Cortez’s direction over her support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who recently called out his “Make America Great Again” plan as a device to make America “white” again. 

“You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“But you know what’s the rub of it all, Mr. President? On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don’t fear you, either. You can’t accept that we will call your bluff & offer a positive vision for this country. And that’s what makes you seethe,” she continued.

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AfroFuture Fest changes discriminatory pricing structure after receiving alleged “threats and harassment”

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The Afrofuture Festival scheduled for Aug. 3 at Feedom Freedom grounds in Detroit was recently slammed for its racial pricing structure for non-people of color. Screenshots surfaced of tickets being sold for $40 white people, while tickets were only $20 for POC’s.

Amid the backlash, the festival has altered its pricing, adjusting the amounts to $20 across the board, according to The New York Times.

As of this posting, the fest’s Eventbrite page reads:

“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.

AS AN AFROFUTURIST YOUTH LEAD INITIATIVE THE VOICES OF OUR YOUTH INFORM OUR RESISTANCE.

HERE’S WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

‘IF YOU DON’T SEE MY BLACKNESS, YOU DON’T SEE ME. PERIODT!’”

Eventbrite has since then threatened to pull the festival from their site. “Our mission is to bring the world together through live experiences,” reps said in a statement to The Independent. “We strive to provide a platform that enables people to gather for their chosen purpose, and that reflects diverse viewpoints, so long as they don’t violate our terms.”

The statement continued: “We do not permit events that require attendees to pay different prices based on their protected characteristics such as race or ethnicity.

“In this case, we have notified the creator of the event about this violation and requested that they alter their event accordingly,” the statement concluded. “We have offered them the opportunity to do this on their own accord; should they not wish to comply we will unpublish the event completely from our site.”

Afrofuture Youth founder and co-director Adrienne Ayers said that due to “threats and harassment” after “right-wing websites highlighted the pricing,” she decided to change the payment structure, saying, “For safety, not anything else but that, the new ticket structure will be a standard set price across the board of $20. However, there will be a suggested donation for non-people of color.”

Last week, performer Tiny Jag, who identified to NYT as biracial, decided to cancel her performance at the festival due to the pricing policy.

Detroit-based civil rights lawyer Tiffany Ellis also told NYT that while private organizations are more able to chose how they do business, the “discriminatory” pricing structure could have resulted in lawsuits, saying, “We have constitutional rights as an individual, and the 14th Amendment provides that we cannot be discriminated against because all people are created equal. When it’s a private actor, those protections are different.”

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Michelle Obama will not Endorse a Presidential Candidate until Post-primary Election

“I’ve been doing this rodeo far too long,” Obama said to King.

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Michelle Obama took the stage at the Essence Festival on Saturday night with Gayle King, who moderated an intimate discussion with the former first lady.

King wasted no time asking Mrs. Obama her opinions on the political climate, and while she may have danced around a few, loaded questions –– her stance was still clear to the thousands in attendance.

“I’ve been doing this rodeo far too long,” Obama said to King.

The former first lady said she and her husband would not be endorsing any candidate, stating they would support whomever wins the primary.

“Barack and I are going to support whoever wins the primary, so … our primary focus is letting the primary process play out, because it’s very early,” she said.

“I mean, that’s one of the things that we learned in the campaign. It is early; it’s like trying to figure out who’s winning the World Series on the first seven games. I mean that’s where we are right now, it is so early.”

See the full interview below.

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