Jay-Z: I’m Being ‘Demonized’ Over Barneys Racial Profiling Accusations

Mon, October 28, 2013 2:43pm EDT by 6 Comments
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Jay-Z finally broke his silence regarding whether or not he plans to continue working with Barneys on their collaboration after the store was accused of racially profiling two black customers. Do you agree with what he had to say? VOTE.

The 43-year-old entrepreneur continues to make his mark, this time with his collaboration with the upscale department store on a New York-inspired holiday collection. The collaboration between Jay-Z and Barneys, set to debut on Nov. 20, has come under scrutiny in the wake of the latest news. Fans are hoping he will drop his project with the luxury retailer due to the fact that the store was accused of racial profiling, however, he made it clear that it’s too soon for a decision to be made — at least in his book.

Jay-Z’s Response To Barney’s Controversy:

Fans have been anxiously awaiting Jay-Z’s response. The rapper has been surprisingly silent since the first report of the department store’s racial profiling on Oct. 23, but he didn’t stay quite for long, taking to his site on Oct. 26 to release a statement regarding the controversy. Ever since the news broke his fans have been outraged. They created a petition ordering the rap mogul to drop the project on Change.org, however, the rapper plans to do otherwise.

“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion,” the statement said. “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?”

While some thought his silence was insulting, he was clear to point out that he is waiting for more information to weigh in. “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,” he said.

The mogul also came under fire when it was implied that he cared more about making money off the deal than the situation at hand. He was quick to point out that it was the Shawn Carter Foundation, (which provides college scholarships to students in economic hardships), would get 25 percent of the sales from the deal. “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.”

He went on to say: “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.”

Jay-Z also made it clear that he isn’t taking the situation lightly. “I am against discrimination of any kind but if I make snap judgments, 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,” he said.

What do you think? Do you agree with his reasoning or do you think it’s time he drops the collaboration for good?

— Ava Hill 

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