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27 October, 2013@7:41 am

As you may have heard, fashion retailer Barneys is under fire for racial profiling. Jay-Z, who has teamed with the company for The Shawn Carter Foundation, has released the following statement, in response to criticism to the partnership.

This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. 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. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.

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. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. 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. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.

I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments section below.

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2 Responses to "Jay-Z Delivers Statement On Barneys Partnership"
  • eMCBe says:

    hes just trying to make up his mind about which direction will hurt his pockets more. he dont give a fuck about discrimination

  • yungplex says:

    I agree with the above. I do understand that dude is not making any scratch on this collaborative charity venture w/Barneys. I’m feeling like the ninja is already doing the right thing by having a charity. This ant bout jigga, its about the current state of society and social economics. Why a black man can’t buy a lil funky belt w/out white folks feeling some type of way about it? Why these so called real ninjas keep promoting ish that ant really for them. Hip hop kids been setting trends and really dont need barney s, chistal, hillfigger ect….

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