Do Not Ban Black Feminist Festival

Target: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

Goal: Allow the Nyansapo festival, a black feminist event, to go on as scheduled.

The mayor of Paris may ban a black feminist festival scheduled to happen in the city, calling it discriminatory against white people. The Nyansapo festival reserves 80 percent of its venue for women of color, with black people of any gender in another area and a third portion open to all.

The mayor said in a tweet that she had the right “prosecute the organizers for discrimination,” and some French anti-racist organizations spoke out against the event as well. The festival’s organizers stated that they were “the target of a campaign of disinformation and fake news orchestrated by the extreme right,” and were “saddened to see some anti-racist associations let themselves be manipulated.”

Organizers went on to point out that other feminist groups were not given any trouble for being women-only. This event — billed as “blackfeminist” — should not be held to a different standard. Demand that the Nyansapo festival be allowed to take place.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Hidalgo,

The Nyansapo festival — a black feminist event — is intended for a specific community of a marginalized group of people, and must not be banned because it gives that group priority over those who, in general, are in a position of more power and privilege. The event reserves most of its venue for black women, with a second area designated for black people of any gender and a third area open to all.

There is a difference between discriminating against white people and ensuring that people of color are, for once, prioritized. To prevent the festival from happening on the grounds that it doesn’t prioritize white people is racist and unacceptable. I urge you not to ban the Nyansapo festival.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jay Morrison

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