On Friday, a petition was launched on change.org asking hip-hop mogul Jay Z to drop his holiday clothing collection with Barney’s New York due to racist allegations against the high-end store.
Here’s what the petition, started by Brooklyn-based entrepreneur Derick Bowers and asking the rapper to take stance against racism, 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 like minded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer.”
You can read more HERE.
And as previously reported, two African American shoppers were treated unfairly at the mega department store this year and were both accused of credit card fraud, with one being imprisoned and later released for false charges. [READ MORE HERE]
What do you thing HOV should do? Should he end his partnership with Barneys?