Though under pressure to sever his relationship with Barneys New York, which has faced accusations of racial profiling, Jay Z has announced he is sticking with the high-end retailer.
Jay Z still intends to launch his BNY SCC collection of limited-edition clothes, jewelry and accessories this Wednesday. However, he writes on his website, he will do so “under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling.”
The rapper explains, “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.”
Jay stresses that 100 percent of the sales from the collection will benefit his Shawn Carter Foundation.
Two African-American customers have alleged they were racially profiled at Barneys and accused of using fraudulent credit cards to purchase expensive items.
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