Jay Z Responds To Barneys Controversy: Not Leaving ‘Till I Know The Facts


(AllHipHop News) After reports of two separate racial discrimination by two African American teens at Barneys’ flagship store in New York City, Jay Z seems to have more of a problem with the media than Barneys. In a statement posted on his personal website Life+Times, Jay Z denounced the negative criticism on his delayed response and addressed if he will stop his planned holiday collection with Barneys.

Jay reasons that he did not immediately respond to the October 22nd news of Trayon Christian’s alleged racial profiling at Barneys due to a lack of facts:

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.

Jay Z not only is hesitant in removing his collection, he also equates him making a rush judgment of Barneys to racists profling people:

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?

The majority of Jay’s statement revolves around clearing up misconceptions of his character and the nature of his deal with Barneys. Jay maintains that The Shawn Carter Foundation will receive “25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys.”

The collection will start being sold online and in stores on November 20th.

Check out the full statement at Life+Times.