Nothing screams “pride” like charging attendees $50 for having the wrong skin color. And that is exactly what a Seattle Pride event is doing.
Seattle Pride’s website states the following as it relates to their June 26th ‘Taking B(l)ack Pride’ event: “All are free to attend HOWEVER this is a BLACK AND BROWN QUEER TRANS CENTERED, PRIORITIZED, VALUED, EVENT. White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee that will be used to keep this event free of cost for BLACK AND BROWN Trans and Queer COMMUNITY.” And in a surprise to no one, cops are banned from attending.
Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson, organizers of Seattle’s racially exclusive Capitol Hill Pride event, were amongst many to ask Seattle’s Human Rights Commission to investigate whether the ‘Take B(l)ack Pride’ event is an ethics and elections violation or a reverse discrimination attendance policy, per Newsweek.
The Human Rights Commission responded by stating that the event, “does not in fact violate any of your human rights as stated in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.”
In a shockingly ignorant and uneducated response, the HRC stated: “We would like to recommend, if possible, that you educate yourself on the harm it may cause Seattle’s BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in your pursuit of a free ticket to an event that is not expressly meant for you and your entertainment.”
To recap, per both the Seattle Pride event and Seattle’s Human Rights Commission, if you are white, this event is expressly not meant for you and your entertainment. And if you dare attend, you’ll be charged $50 because your skin is a different shade than theirs. Reverse racism at its finest, folks!
Imagine shelling out $50 to attend a racially exclusive event. That money would be better spent on a GoFundMe campaign to help find Nicole Brown Simpson’s killer.