Jay Z is hitting back at critics who have demanded he immediately cut ties with Barneys New York in the wake of several racial profiling accusations made against the luxury retailer.
The company has been accused of detaining at least two black customers in separate incidents, allegedly believing they were committing fraud after making expensive purchases at a Manhattan Barneys location.
In the ensuing controversy, a Change.org petition has garnered more than 14,000 signatures calling for Jay Z to denounce the high-end store and pull out of their planned holiday season collaboration, which is slated to include merchandise and window decorations inspired by the performer.
But on Saturday, the music mogul took to his website to explain why, up until now, he has remained silent about the growing racial profiling issue and his partnership with the company.
“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,” wrote the rapper, asking, “Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?” Jay Z stressed that he’s not profiting from his relationship with Barneys, explaining, “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,” he said, adding, “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.”
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