A St. Louis dancer says she was told to stop dancing at an art festival because she is white.
Susan Stone told KMOV-TV that she was dancing at the African Arts Festival when she was approached by an event staffer.
“He tells me ‘you can’t be doing this here this is an African American event you can’t be at this event you’re not black,’” she said. “I feel angry because they’re missing out on the beauty of everything we’re all supposed to get along together that’s what God says.”
A video posted online by Stone online captured event organizers telling her she could stay at the festival, but not dance because she was disrupting others. Stone is heard on the video arguing with the individuals.
“I go all over the place, all over the country, I have 14 million people and what I’m going to do do the African American people, I’m going to make you people look bad, because I happen to be a super star,” she said.
The two event organizers were not persuaded by Stone’s argument and continued to tell her she would not be permitted to dance at the festival.
“This is not the ballerina arts festival, this is not the European arts festival,” an event staffer then says. “It is not the Caucasian arts festival.”
Jason McNairy, the co-chairman of the event, later told KMOV that Stone was being disruptive between performances and did not cooperate when she was asked to stop, but said his employees were out of line.
“That’s something that’s unacceptable and that’s an apology from me because we want everyone to showcase their talents and their abilities,” he said.
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