Petitions Rise For Jay-Z To Drop Barney’s Collaboration Due To Racial Profiling [Photo]
Petitions are calling for rapper Jay-Z to call-off his collaboration with high-end retail store Barney’s because of racial allegations. B.E.T reports, “Trayon Christian, 19, and Kayla Phillips, 21, say they were each approached by New York police after buying high-end items at the store. Christian says he was handcuffed and imprisoned and interrogated on how he could afford his $349 Ferragamo belt. He was later released with no charges. Both Christian and Phillips were accused of using fraudulent cards for the transaction.
In response to the accusations, a Brooklyn-based entrepreneur Derick Bowers has started a petition on Change.org asking the rapper to drop the collaboration and take a stance against racial profiling.”
The petition reads: “We can no longer tolerate blatant prejudice and discrimination. It is clear that the minority buying power is devalued by some,” Bowers writes in the petition, which has 421 supporters as of Thursday evening. “We must withdraw support to those who will not support us. I’ve been a lifelong Jay Z fan. Jay Z is currently in partnership with Barneys New York for the release of his holiday collection — called “A New York Holiday” (or BNY SCC). Barneys lacks any connection with the Black and hip hop community. And without his vast wealth and brand power, they would see him the same as they see Trayon Christian. Jay Z should be appalled by Barneys actions, and withdraw all support from them. If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are likeminded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer.”
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