Jay-Z Releases Statement on Barneys & Question’s NY Daily News
In the midst of increasing media chatter, online petitions and social network questioning Jay-Z gave a full statement on the ongoing Barneys profiling situation. This was a statement Shawn Carter had no intention of giving at this time while the situation was still fluid but as we know the people get to wanting things when they want them and you have to act. Looking from the outside in and taking the follow statement at face value I have no issues with the current position. I prefer a well-informed statement vs a fast one but that’s just me.
I’m not of the belief that we need to wait for some rapper, ball player or actor to lead the charge against things we know are wrong. We have the power to effect change, but while we see how things play out, here is Jay-Z’s full statement and reply to the Friday cover of the Daily News he was put on.
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
**Barneys & Sharpton Post Meeting Statement**
“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said Tuesday after an hour-long sitdown with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them. Our preliminary investigation has concluded that, in both of these instances, no one from Barneys New York raised any issue with these purchases…’
“No one from Barneys brought them to the attention of our internal security, and no one from Barneys reached out to external authorities.”
Asked if he was blaming the NYPD for the alleged profiling, Lee said, “I can only speak to what we know from the preliminary investigation.”
“Racial profiling is an extremely serious form of discrimination. We take it very seriously, and if we found that to be factually true we would terminate those individuals,” he said.
“That’s not the policy at Barneys.”
Sharpton also singled out the NYPD in blasting the alleged “shop and frisk” policy.
“If, in fact, NYPD takes it upon themselves to profile, that needs to be dealt with by retailers,” he said.
“If, in fact, there were rogue members in these department stores that have some collusion with members of NYPD that is not known to the heads of these companies, that ought to be dealt with by retailers.”
Barneys’ Lee also apologized to music mogul Jay-Z, who is slated to launch a clothing line with the retailer in November, and has charity dealings with the store.
“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Sean Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mister Carter.” Lee said.
“Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.”
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