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Paris' mayor threatened to cancel a black festival for discriminating against white people


A festival for black feminists may have a hard time taking over the streets of Paris this summer after all. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is threatening to cancel the event on grounds of discrimination. 

The Nyansapo Festival, which is set to run from July 28-30, states that 80 percent of the event space will only be accessible to black women.

"I firmly condemn the organization of this event in Paris (that's) 'forbidden to white people,'" Hidalgo wrote on Twitter.

"I demand this festival be prohibited," tweeted Hidalgo.

Other spaces would be open for black men and "racialized" women, according to festival organizers. A smaller section would be open to everyone regardless of race.

Hidalgo wasn't alone is throwing criticism. Several civil rights groups called the event a "step backward" on race issues.

Civil rights organization SOS Racism called the event a "mistake, even an abomination, because it wallows in ethnic separation, whereas anti-racism is a movement which seeks to go beyond race."

It seems the organizers and Mayor Hidalgo talked. On Monday, she tweeted that she and event organizers had found a solution.

"The festival, to be held in a public space, will be open to everyone," she tweeted. "Non-mixed workshops are to be held in private places only."

She also vowed to keep Paris a diverse place.

"Paris is a diverse city, and I will make sure it remains that way," she tweeted.

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