The Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival ended with organizers profusely apologizing for the “overt racism” displayed by a volunteer during a performance by singer Lido Pimienta, but a question remains about who was being racist to whom.
That’s because the Columbian-Canadian musician, invited people of colour to come to the front while those with pale complexions were ordered to the back.
Every honky obeyed Lido’s marching orders — except one volunteer photographer who didn’t want to give up her vantage point close to the stage.
Lido and the brown-skinned audience members were livid with this stubborn woman who was so obviously full of white privilege.
Event organizers eventually removed the would-be Rosa Parks and in the aftermath, issued a statement on behalf of the festival’s board of directors promising “anti-oppression and anti-racism training” so this wouldn’t happen next year.
But if anyone needs anti-racism training it's Lido and the festival organizers.
There was indeed overt racism on display at the Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival, but it was being perpetrated against a white FEMALE photographer who was simply trying to do her job.