Rapper Jay-z is being urged to pull out of business dealings with luxury retail chain, Barneys New York. This comes after two separate incidences involving black customers who accused the chain of blatant racial profiling.
Jay-z is taking a very cautious tone in the blow up, that’s mainly come to light because of a online petition on petition.org by one of the alleged victims
According to the E! news…
“Jay Z is speaking out after petitioners urged him to end his clothing deal with Barneys New York, citing the reported racial profiling of two customers in one of the retail stores in New York City.
On his website Life +Times Saturday, the hip hop mogul said his collaboration with the retail store is rooted in charity and that he was waiting for all the facts to come in before making a decision.
“This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation,” Jay-Z said. “I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, a young African American college student, Trayon Christian, was arrested in NYC after he made a $350 purchase at Barneys New York. His arrest reportedly occurred after a Barney’s sales clerk called police because she thought the transaction was fraudulent.
A few days later, 21-year-old Kayla Phillips also came forward with a similar story, saying she was surrounded by police and questioned after she bought a purse from the store. She was reportedly also accused of using a fraudulent card. “