After multiple incidents of racial profiling targeting Barneys were alleged this week, a petition is surfacing for Jay Z to drop his association with the luxury retailer this week. The campaign is being spearheaded by Change.org and is seeking for Jay to drop his upcoming Barneys holiday collection with the department store.
Headlines were made earlier this week when in two separate incidents, a pair of young black people were approached by the New York police after attempting to purchase expensive goods in the store. Trayon Christian, 19, and Kayla Phillips, 21, say they were each approached by New York police officers and were accused of credit card fraud after their purchases. Both parties are planning to sue the New York Police along with Barneys for alleged racial profiling and discrimination practices.
In response to the allegations, Brooklyn-based entrepreneur Derick Bowers started a petition on Change.org to have Jay Z drop the retail company in retaliation for their alleged discriminatory practices. 2,226 supporters have signed on to the petition since it when it live yesterday.
“Barneys lacks any connection with the Black and hip hop community,” Bowers said in the statement. “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.”
XXL reached out to a publicist from Jay Z’s camp for a statement but as of press time, they have not responded.