Ultra Music Festival: Be fair to African-Americans

Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke wonders when Miami and Miami Beach city officials will crack down on rowdy ravers.

The video shows a large crowd gathering around a pair of Miami Beach police officers who are trying to subdue a couple resisting arrest on the sand near First Street and Ocean Drive. The drunk partygoers yell at one of the cops after he slams the woman to the ground. "That's some pussy-ass shit," one guy says.

Three young men get in the face of the other officer, who has the boyfriend in a choke hold. Had this incident happened during Memorial Day weekend, there would have been platoons of police officers responding to the scene. Miami Beach residents would have used the ruckus as another reason to ban African-Americans from the city for the three-day holiday.

But the melee came during last year's Ultra Music Festival, the electronic music extravaganza that begins March 23 and brings thousands of young, predominantly white partygoers to our sunny shores.

Yet the police presence for Ultra is nothing compared to the number of cops on the streets during Memorial Day, which last year led to two police-involved shootings during what has become known as Urban Beach Week. One man died and seven people were injured, including three cops, in one of the incidents.

There's one difference: Memorial Day draws more African-Americans.

This year, the parties are gonna be going strong for almost two weeks. Yet no one in Miami Beach has suggested there's a problem with the hordes of pill-popping ravers who turn the city into a huge drug den. There won't be any complaints from condo dwellers about the barrage of techno music. You won't see police task forces running stings to bust all the tourists with drugs.

Where is the community group to stop Ultra Music Festival? Oh, that's right, it's a problem only when the party people have a darker skin color, even though their tourism dollars help Miami Beach businesses survive during the slow summer months. The city and its inhabitants should welcome Memorial Day weekend partiers the same way they roll out the red carpet for spring breakers and house music fans.

African-American visitors deserve the same level of respect.

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Sasha305
Sasha305

wow i just wasted 2 minutes of my life reading this idiotic article... First of all the ONLY incident you have is the one of the stupid couple on the beach.... How about YEARS of 1,000s of arrests and shootings.... Its not about race you idiot.... its about THUGS (black, white, yellow, orange, blue, green, etc....you get my point).... The kids that come here arent carrying concealed weapons, they arent getting into car chases. Please do us all a favor and SHUT UP. ENOUGH PULLING OUT THE RACE CARD!!!!!!!! THERE WERE PLENTY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS at Ultra and alll the pool parties... GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT LUTHER YOU ARE A RACIST!!!!!!!!!

Hahahahahahahahahaha
Hahahahahahahahahaha

Lmaooooo the dumbest article I ever read in my entire life!!! Whatttt?!? You r comparing WMC/Ultra with Urban Festival?!?! Where should I start:

1. You need to give respect to get respect n that's non existent during the festival you want respect for

2. I prefer a drug den than a shooting den

3. Your people are in destruction mode n act like the tazmania devil!!!! Everything on their path is gone!!!!!!

Lisalove
Lisalove

WE should be thankful we are here? This was OUR country to begin with LEAH. Are you white? Latina? Then your bozo ass should be thankful your busted up people are here! Look at the Latin world...they are beyond third world countries. Look at how white people were living? In CAVES! They just learned how to bathe a few years ago. You forget the plaque, the disgust with which white people were living in their countries? Luke is right and unless you are Black and have walked a mile in some brown feet, shaddup! I can't stand white folks who have the audacity to say we should be thankful for anything; bitch, we were the first humans to walk the earth. YOU came from US....know your history, ya got black genes and YOU should be thankful of that.

Yany914
Yany914

Then again somebody have to entertain us! To be first world n walked this earth first ya haven't get ahead huh?!? Lazy n poor excuses!!!! Africa is your country n YES you should be thankful they needed slaves on this end!!! If you r not go back! Lol

Yany914
Yany914

My point exactly!!! Listen to you get out of character n start cursing n acting ghetto!!! People like you is that give us reason to stay away from SoBe during the ghetto ness festival, who are you to judge others?!? Casualty!!!!! Poor black people lol n like you experienced racism that give you the right to offend other culture?!? You are pathetic sweetheart ! I prefer to be Latin n third word than been black first world n act like you. Go to school n educate yourself

ARU ONE
ARU ONE

What the hell is this? Lets say we take away ALL the cops on duty for Ultra Music Fest. AND Memorial Weekend and count the number of crimes. Which has the higher rate of VIOLENCE? Then proportionately add the cops where there's more violence. What do you have? Exactly how it stands now.

Goomb
Goomb

This is the most idiotic thing I have ever read...lost all respect for Uncle Luke.

Jperez
Jperez

Wow ! What a bunch of bullshit, I couldnt even finish reading the entire article.

I vote to cancel Luke, it's inflamatory bullshit like this that keeps racism going.

Sean Elmore
Sean Elmore

Dear Luther,

For someone who seems to be such a strong opponent of racism, you have an awfully hard time ignoring the color of your own peoples skin. This article has served only to highlight you as an ignoramus and a bigot. You clearly know nothing of electronic music culture and thus launch head first into an culturally charged argument blind. This issue at hand has nothing to do with race or color of skin its the cultural and behavioral themes that are attached to each particular type of music. The majority of the musical genres present during "Urban" music week contain strong undertones that glorify issues like gang activity, murder, and other acts of violence; In Electronic Dance Music, a musical culture founded on the concepts of P.eace L.ove U.nity & R.espect, the themes that plague "Urban" music are the minority when present at all.

In address to the other racist comments you have made. Ultra Music Festival is and has been for many years a contained event with boundaries, sequestered in a park with minimal risk of damage to private or public property. Thus, the amount of man power needed by the police to protect public interest is less that that of urban music week. NOT AN ISSUE OF SKIN COLOR.In addition, public records indicate that in MAY of 2011 there where 2550 arrests made, nearly double as many arrests as were made in MARCH.

It's time to get over the fact that majority of the crowd in attendance at Ultra Music Festival / Miami Music Week / Winter Music Conference are white skinned. People from all walks of life and from countries all over the world come to party in Miami. The dozens of national flags flown in the audience of Ultra's main stage serve as a reminder of this. Next time write something intelligent or don't bother writing at all.

Donell
Donell

I thought I liked Uncle Luke til I read this... Almost like he is jealous he wasn't invited to party with afrojak & lil John..... Haha!!

Dwe
Dwe

Memorial day "urban weekend" is a distress for the city of Miami beach. However, there is one big difference as stated in his article, there is major violence with the memorial day weekend. No violence with the ultra crowd that exceeds minor infractions. Its an extremely large crowd that bring great money to the economy. And for the drugs part, that happens every day in Miami right on corner of downtown.

Frccamargo
Frccamargo

I like Uncle Luke but thus rant is pure BS. In no way are are the two events similar. What goes on during Memorial Day is a nightmare compared to the annoying noise of ultra. The drunken violence mixed with guns in the street is reason for a large police front. Don't see a need for it during ultra with nothing but goofy pill popping ravers loving themselves and there lame music. Sure x is bad but never seen it lead to bar fights and disorderly conduct. Oh and regarding your comment about condos not making complaints your an idiot. Ultra is right outside my window and I HATE it I work nights and will be missing out on three days of sleep.

Tim Berg
Tim Berg

Fuck You pendejo, you live in Miami, move to the deep south marica!!! I bet you like pastor lopez!!!

chiara
chiara

Once again Luke makes his racial remarks. His articles are meant to divide people. He constantly shows himself as the true racist. Seriously...why is he even allowed to write. Oh yeah...The "New Times", not a reputable or classy publication. I guess he fits right in.

Michael Serale
Michael Serale

I remember last year at ultra, the were a few cops on one of those buggies inside UMF. They were buzzin their horn to the beat and dancin around with the crowd! This was possible because there was nothing for them to do!!! No one needed to be patted down, no need to break up fights, and no weapons. Whats the problem here?

Talk about comparing apples to oranges with these two events.

If there is no crime, there is no reason to spend money (TAXPAYER money) on a larger police presence. Why would the city spend money on overtime for police officers where they are not needed? It is simple logic - why must you have blinders on to this and claim everything is race this or race that? I see black people at UMF as well having just as good a time as the rest of the crowd. No racial divisions or any crap like that exists. Its about fun.

Besides, they need to save all that police budget to cover the violent and crime filled Memorial Day event. Ugh.

Hialeah Big C
Hialeah Big C

I agree With Rick Z.It's not about racism its just comes down to the honest truth. That people at Ultra have never caused the city damages or shot anyone. Take into account the events of Calle Ocho, Winter Music Conference, Art Basel, Food and Wine, Winter Music Festival, White Party, and now Miami Beach Pride. The event goers are here for fun, sun and a good time. Unlike urban weekend where the partiers get out of hand. I have lived all my 31 years in this great city. Attended many events in many different places in the city and its surroundings and Ultra and Memorial Day weekend are two different worlds. Memorial Day weekend scares people away, locals flee the beach beacuse of the nature of security. My friends and I used to love hitting SoBe during the long weekend, especially Wet Willies but it got to a point that it was unsafe and unwelcoming for locals. I really hate when people say Miami is racist. We are not! But what Miamians are we are honest and truth be told, Urban weekend is not something Miami boasts about becuase of its unsafe nature. We welcome everyone here becuase we love people visting our great city but when the visitors treat the city like a dump then what should we do?

Rick Z
Rick Z

HUGE difference in events and it's far from the color of skin that makes the difference. I am sure the police have stats that show the difference in violence, shootings, and debauchery for both events. I have been to Ultra for many years and it is about people coming together for the love of music and togetherness. A far cry from the mess of Memorial Day weekend with random shooting, murder, violence etc. I grew up in Miami and used to go down to South beach on Memorial Day weekend during the hey day of the 90's. I went once by mistake not knowing about Urban weekend and you can't even begin to compare the events. It's about peoples behavior. Just like a lot of WHITE kids ruined Fort Lauderdale Spring Break in the late 80's by getting to out of hand. You can go to Ultra and see togetherness no matter what race or who you are. Can you do the same during Urban weekend without being afraid of getting killed or beaten up. Anyone who lives in Miami like me can attest and have witnessed the difference. Bad behavior does not equal racism. I admire Luther Campbell and always appreciated his outspokenness but on this he is way off.

Lonny paul
Lonny paul

Okay Uncle Luke, I give it to you - there is a heightened sense of increased police presence during the Memorial Day weekend on the Beach. And YES, there is less attention paid to the lollipop-sucking, pill-popping, non-stop dancing participants which come to the Winter Music Conference/Miami Music Week/Ultra Music Festival each year.

But I think there is good reason, and based on your lucid, rational thinking, you should agree.

During the Memorial Day weekend events, we have buses with strippers trolling the beach, we have more alize and Hennesy being poured than anything else, and people get into fights, or ride their motorcycles all over the fair City.

During Ultra/WMC/MMW, kids suck on lollipops, drink bottles of water, tell each other how much they love them, and dance to the common thump-thump-thump.

You tell me. Which is the one the City should be concerned about. Maybe there should be E in the liquor served during Memorial Day Weekend?

The Ultra/WMC/MMW participants aren't going "buck wild," "showing out," or trying to impress anyone. They are just trying to have a good time and feel the love bro.

Why can't the Memorial Day Weekend event-goers do the same? Get your 'folk to act the part, and they'll get the same respect.

Eli
Eli

Dear writer,

I live in South Beach for 14 years (and love it!), so I am used to the big parties. I'm sorry not to agree with you. There's nothing, nothing, nothing that compares to the Memorial Day weekend! It's not about racism: it's just that the crowd that comes here for this weekend is just beyond rough. Not only they fight, they kill, they turn the lives of anyone who lives here into a living hell... but they also litter the beach as if they were animals - no one can litter Miami as good as this crowd. They throw they trash (such as beer bottles) in the gardens and streets everywhere, they wake us up at night, shouting in the streets,they are in destroying mode all the time. It's common sense for us residents to try travel during this weekend, to avoid the big mess - and we don't do that during other big parties. So, yes, the security HAS to be increased. Winter Party or Porn Fair or Spring Break or Gay White Party or Foof and Wine, etc. are all just fun parties, and they are welcome. Memorial Day is hell. Before defending that crowd, you should first give them some lessons on how to be civilized. You can party hard without being a degradation to your own specimens.

Qawimumin
Qawimumin

Its amazing how whites who enjoy extra privileged. Life daily, havethe gull to call Luke racist. Maybe you wouldn't scream racism if you ever really experienced racism.but since u are more than likely the perportraitor of racism.

Ya Mama
Ya Mama

Have you gone to both events. It's not about extra privilege. Or should murder, beatings and shooting be a privilege during Urban weekend. Go to both events and see for yourself. I have. Urban Weekend is a mess. Waaa Waaa Waaa everything is racism. Sorry to say it's bad behavior. I don't fear for my life at Ultra but just walking down the street during Memorial Day weekend on SoBe...Yea, it's huge difference.

Qawimumin
Qawimumin

Dont be afraid white racists you'll. Never lose your. Privileges. So calm down the police will always let you fry your lillte brain with Meth and pills

Rick Z
Rick Z

I guess the Alcohol, pot, or whatever else is consumed during Urban weekend doesn't do any harm. Ignorant!

SouthBeach voice
SouthBeach voice

Plain and simple, such as Adolf Hitler promoting discrimination; Mr Campbell you are a RACIST.

Proud_to_be_an_American
Proud_to_be_an_American

You are 100% right, this guy is not talking about music, fashion or politics. He's a racist, a shame for Newtimes and for all Floridian.

Cambell our ancestor fight to be American, you are fighting to be African!

I'm proud to be a Black American on my way to Ultra Music festival!

Yany914
Yany914

This Campbell guy is pathetic! I'm a dark skin Dominican n I prefer to be in WMC n Ultra than to be around these animals during urban festival. How grabbing my ass n cursing me out when I ignored their advances OK?!? Oh yeah, I experienced the madness of this festival. It's not about skin color! It's more about respect n these animals made me check out 2 days earlier from our expensive hotel just because we fear for our safety, so before u jump the skin color broom, show your people how to respect women or better yet introduce them to E! A least they touch themselves on E and not my ASS. Hip Hop is so ghetto n invite people to act ghetto!!! Weirdo

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Leave it to you to make things about race... I'm surprised Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson didn't co-author this with you...

The problem is that any time urban music is played people like to fight and shoot each other. When house music is played people want to smile and be happy. Pull your pants above your waist and try it out some time.

Beach Resident
Beach Resident

Mr. Campbell, please recall that the City of Miami Beach has no responsibility over the Ultra Music Festival which occurs in the City of Miami. Perhaps you should talk to the City of Miami officials to increase police presence over THERE instead of asking us HERE not to protect ourselves.

Bulgie
Bulgie

Ask the restaurant owners and managers how many people run out on checks during Urban week compared to any other. That is just one comparison, the list could go on and on but I won't bore the audience.

Mike
Mike

African-Americans? You mean people born in Africa who are now naturalized US Citizens?

Sfltekboi
Sfltekboi

The glaring difference = ravers don't carry guns or start fights. Works for me.

Yany914
Yany914

Lmaooooo Ravers weapon of choice are lolly pops n bottles of water. I can live with that!!! Leave the world behind ya!!!! Lol

Lalalalala1245553
Lalalalala1245553

Too bad there aren't any shootings during WMC. Just saying. Know your facts before you write :)

Paco Palacio
Paco Palacio

Haha.. a racist cant eliminate racism.. luke you're rediculous.. atleast white, pill popping ravers dont carry guns and go lookin around for trouble.. the law is where it needs to be.. wmc and ultra have no history of violence.. yet memorial day weekend does..

Leah
Leah

Black people are the most racist race I've ever met. they need to get off the slavery mobile and GET OVER it!! you should be thankful that your here and not in Africa! be thankful that KONY is not taking your children and killing you. GET OVER IT!!!!!! my god! how much longer do we have to hear this shit???

Yany914
Yany914

I so agreed with you! I never experienced racism from a white person, but from a black person they r so rude about it!!! My accent, the way I talk blah blah blah I look at them like really?!? You r just mad because I'm hot n you r not! So you try to put me down because of my accent?!? That's not going to make you pretty hunny

Mgw13
Mgw13

To be racist you have to be in a position to oppress. "Black" people do not hold that power. Thankful that Afrikans were stripped of their original culture, history, language and religion? We'll "get over it" when we are treated equally. Something you may not have had to ever consider. "My God"? Really?

Leah
Leah

trust me, they are better off here than in Africa!!! they should be thankful!!!!!

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cAlL mE aNyThInG u WaNt

Really Luke? Another racist article about how Miami is going against the black man? When was the last time you heard of 7 people injured in a police invovled shooting during ultra fest or wmc?

And Memorial Day weekend helps out Miami Beach in the SLOW summer months??? WTF the beach is most busy during the summer. Ultra Fest and WMC help out right after the slow winter months.

Luke by far the worst article ive read from you yet. Since your campaign for mayor, your writing has gotten worse and worse

BUHBYE
BUHBYE

You racist a!shole !! New Times should do away this useless column!!!

Meowww
Meowww

Yeah and we're the racist ones. The first one to ALWAYS (not sometimes) pulls that card out is you. Race this, race that, Miami does this, Miami does that. How about you're full of crap? Have you ever even BEEN to ultra? Have you ever actually stuck around Memorial Day long enough to see what happens other than just READ stories somewhere? I highly doubt it because lemme tell you something. Screw your Race comments and articles. People are People! Shootings happen with black, white, Hispanic, you name it. Pill poppers as you like to call them also come in a variety of colors. So what, now that White people are pill poppers, it's ok to say all black people are weed smokers? You are ridiculous and the only Racist here is you. Unbelievable that everything has to be about race. You'd think being in 2012 we would progress, but no, the other way around if anythin.

BUHBYE
BUHBYE

Could not have said it better. This one is just as racist and as ridiculous as it gets!! How hypocritical of this man to cry racism himself and have it all over his " articles" !

Sonicpush
Sonicpush

1. It's an ELECTRONIC Music Festival...NOT...HIP HOP Gansta Rap Festival....they have their own week, usually Memorial Day or some other week....which NO ONE in Miami can go to the beach without fear of get shot or in the middle of some gun fight or gang brawl.

2. Stop playing the race card....to you and Pee Dee and the rest of the Hip Hop industry....you guys just want another IN....so you can make some money off this weekend.

3. I rather be oil popping and LOVING my fellow raver....NONE of this that I have seen happens at any Hip Hop Rap festival!

4. Drugs happen in all these festivals.....are you for real my brother??? Look around at all the violence that happens during the Hip Hop Festival here on the beach...and compare that to what happens during the Ultra Week? So you are saying because there are more police during the Hip Hop Festivals...that just pisses patrons off and makes them want to commit more crimes, stab and shoot each other because of some gang signs or they can't get into a club?

Your premises used to validate your conclusions and the race card are a joke!!!

TweetMiamiBeach
TweetMiamiBeach

Don't hate on little lou-lou for playing the race card over and over again, it's the only card he's got (and we all know this dude ain't playing with a full deck). His intense racial hatred is kind of funny to read (it reminds me of my grandfather, who still hates those friggin japs, even though the war has been over for like 70 years).I do find it disturbing that new times only employs one hate filled racist, they should have a latin racist, a white racist, an asian racist, hell even a native american racist, to balance it all out. Luther Campbell is one sad, pathetic, hate filled little man.

Yfran
Yfran

As an African-American, this is one of the most "quick to pull out the race card" scenarios I have ever heard. Pill-popping ravers? Stereotypical much? A lot of us actually go for the music...which is enjoyed by ALL races. Know what PLUR is? Probably not. But do your research before attacking a culture you know absolutely nothing about.

Way too quick to make it about race. Especially when the DJs at Ultra promote a lifestyle that embraces love through their music.

The ignorant buster
The ignorant buster

This Campbell guy is an embarrassment to the African community. I mean really?!? So we infested his city with drugs?!? Lmaooooo so weed n crack r not drugs huh!

Darrell
Darrell

So you guys deleted the comments because it hurt Luther's feelings? Is this site ran by Communists? lol

John
John

This news site is run by biased black people.

TweetMiamiBeach
TweetMiamiBeach

Actually this site is run mostly by latinos. I know some of them, and they don't get paid much. But we all know the rules of modern publishing, racial hatred is completely unacceptable, unless it's directed at white people, then it's all gravy :)

Retard buster
Retard buster

Another retard!!!! What does it matter than they don't get pay much?!? I can get pay a penny n still out my opinion! You get pay a lot n still a retard

 
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