Home Videos Photos

Jay Z RESPONDS To Barneys Racial Profiling! Find Out If He's Terminating His Partnership HERE!

| Filed under: Fashion SmashionLegal MattersJay ZBarneysCollection's BureauCharityGIFs

Jay Z finally responds to those asking him to end his Barneys partnership due to racial profiling!

HOVA has spoken!

Last week, Jay Z came under fire for partnering with Barneys after the department store was accused of racial profiling.

The rapper was surprisingly quiet about the situation, that is until this weekend when Beyoncé's hubby finally released a statement regarding the matter at hand and the reason it took him so long to respond.

Jay wrote on his website:

"This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. 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. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.

I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.

I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn "JAY Z" Carter"

So if Jay ends his partnership with Barneys, the only people who suffer are those who would benefit through his charity.

Obvi he wouldn’t want students who are totes uninvolved with the issue to fall victim to another's errors, so it makes sense that Mr. Carter would be hesitant to withdraw from the partnership.

Barneys also released their own statement, saying:

"Barneys New York believes that no customer should have the unacceptable experience described in recent media reports, and we offer our sincere regret and deepest apologies.

Further to our statement of yesterday, we want to reinforce that Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination. We are a strong proponent of equal rights and equal treatment for all human beings. Our mission is to ensure that all customers receive the highest-quality service—without exception.

To this end, we are conducting a thorough review of our practices and procedures as they relate to these matters to ensure that they reflect our continued commitment to fairness and equality. To lead this review, we have retained a civil rights expert, Michael Yaki, who also serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Commission has been the nation’s watchdog for civil rights for more than 50 years. Mr. Yaki will be provided with unrestricted access to all aspects of our store operations.

In addition, Barneys New York has reached out to community leaders to begin a dialogue on this important issue."

What a messy situation!

Hopefully the issue will be resolved without hurting The Shawn Carter Foundation's beneficiaries!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Juicy Couture Tracksuits: See All The Celebs Who Jumped On The Bandwagon!
Michelle Rodriguez's Bad Girl Past! Arrests, Fights And Why She's A Bad Influence On Zac Efron!
Top Ten Sexiest Man On Man PDA Of The World Cup So Far!
Best Dressed Celebs Of The Week!
Worst Dressed Celebs Of The Week!
Tom Cruise Is 52 Today; Take A Look Back In GIFs!

15 comments to “Jay Z RESPONDS To Barneys Racial Profiling! Find Out If He's Terminating His Partnership HERE!”

  1. thebigboot says – reply to this


    1

    Yet a democrat can send out an email not only calling the Tea Party the KKK but showing a picture of a burning cross and that's ok? Kinda funny.

  2. Blaise19 says – reply to this


    2

    he's a smart man. he's assessing the whole situation and making decisions from there.

  3. ifyouarehotyounothot says – reply to this


    3

    How about black men preach to black women about the importance of doing a better job raising babies? Black women raised the most violent crime ridden children not just in america but in pretty much every black country. She is a colossal multicontinental mothering failure who needs a good preaching to. Its a sad world when asian women and white women with biracial black children are raising MORE college graduates than black women with better crime statistics. So are white adopting parents. But babies raised by black women are struggling with vioelnce/crime issues. NEvermind Barneys. The problem is womb.



  4. 4

    oprah started all this crap when she ACCUSED the salesperson at a high-end store of racial profile. this is what you call a SHAKE DOWN of Barneys. they will pay or the sharptons will destroy them day by day with the help of the liberal press. Its ONE of the reasons American companies are leaving America, there isn't an American company that hasn't been shaken down by the negroes. being called racist is so damaging to these companies they just pay the negros to shut up. its an old game, rev jackson and rev sharpton are REAL GOOD at playing. many companys feel paying off the negroes to leave THEM alone is the PRICE of doing business in America.

  5. jay says – reply to this


    5

    Bullsh"t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to listen to Black Slaves and it will explain who Jay really serves(hint-he serves JAY Z).



  6. 6

    Cut all ties, or stick with the plan and educate to change public perception in the process? This is of course if the sincere plan is to educate and make changes and not simply promote a brand.

  7. blaise19 says – reply to this


    7

    Re: thebigboot – Why are you spamming this in all the comments? Just go to youtube if you want to spam.

  8. Mr Vreeland says – reply to this


    8

    Barney's at one time was a first class, quality department store
    Who carry some of the worlds top designers
    Jay Z, or his agents approached Barney's about carrying his line
    In order to get in they pressured them, Jay Z was going to claim racial discrimination, because Barney's has too few Black designers

    Always remember
    No good deed goes unpunished

  9. Judy says – reply to this


    9

    Re: shaygirl1309 – You do know racial profiling actually exist right? You must have never had a job in retail. So many stores I worked in while I was in college had us following/looking out for what they said were "suspicious" people, but the assistant managers just pointed out Black and Hispanic people who weren't doing anything different than other people. In the end they chose to shop with me, than the other people treating them differently then other customers, so I got the commission.



  10. 10

    On of the funnest scenes in King of Queens is the scene were Doug is trying to get somebody else's photos at the photo counter at a drug store. He asks Deacon (his best friend who is black) to create a distraction. Deacon, bows his head, shoulders down and says okay, I'll go look at the watches.. and he mopes away. It was so funny.

  11. Rosie 0H says – reply to this


    11

    re Judy

    If you worked retail, than you would also no that loss prevention team also keeps a very sharp eye on gay men, I'M expecting we will be seeing some claims of homos being targeted very soon



  12. 12

    Re: Judy – I grew up in RETAIL, not all shoplifters are black but a HUGE portion of them are.



  13. 13

    Re: Judy – I grew up in RETAIL, not all shoplifters are black but a HUGE portion of them are. trust me everyone has been watched, whether they knew it or not.



  14. 14

    Jeez, who can afford Barney's even at their sale at the Santa Monica airport? I am retired and live on a small fixed income so I do most of my shopping online at KMart and pay the delivery fee. Glad for those of you who can still get around to shop and can afford the stuff that they have at Barney's.

  15. swane says – reply to this


    15

    Re: ifyouarehotyounothot – why put the blame on black women only? how can black men preach to black women on raising babies when they are the main group of men abandoning their children? imo they should all stop breeding.