After Barney's New York was recently accused of racially profiling its black customers, all eyes were on Jay Z - who had recently collaborated with the department store on his 'Gold' cologne - to see what he had to say about the matter. King Hov, as he is affectionately known to his legions of fans, this weekend released a statement saying he would continue on with his previously planned collaboration with the store, but, that he wouldn't be taking such accusations lightly.
He revealed that he and his team, while awaiting the Attorney General's findings on the matter, had agreed to move forward with the collaboration. That said, a condition of that would be that he would have a leadership role and be directly involved in a council specifically convened to deal with racial profiling. "I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others," he said in his statement. Read it in full below.
"In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.
While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.
As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th."
- Shawn “JAY Z” Carter