Solange Explains Why Black People Don’t Feel Safe In “White Spaces”

Christina Lee | September 10, 2016 11:16 am
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Solange Knowles had a lime thrown at her during a Kraftwerk concert last night (September 9) at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. The reason why, believe it or not, was that she had been standing up, dancing, to Kraftwerk.

The experimental pop-R&B artist (and Beyonce‘s sister) had tweeted about what happened while still at the theater. “4 older white women yell to me from behind, ‘Sit down now,'” she said. “I tell them I’m dancing at a concert. They yell, ‘u need to sit down now’…We are at an ELECTRONIC and DANCE music concert and you are telling…not asking me…to sit down. In front of my child.”

She adds that, once she decided to keep dancing, the concertgoers threw something on her back — a lime, as her son would later discover.

Solange says she decided to share what happened so that folks can see why black people like her family often feel unsafe in “white spaces.” She claims that she and her family comprised four of maybe 20 black patrons inside the venue, seated capacity: 1,460.  “…in many white spaces… We don’t ‘bring the drama’… Fix yourself,” she says.

See Solange explain what happened during the Kraftwerk concert in full below.

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