Jay Z Breaks Silence On Barneys Racial Profiling Case

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Jay Z released a statement today to answer those who are demanding he cut ties with high end department store Barneys, after two incidents where black shoppers were stopped by police after making expensive purchases.

The  superstar rapper insisted Saturday that he has remained silent until now because  he’s  been “waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community  leaders and Barneys.”

“I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgments, no  matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who  profiles?” Jay Z said in a statement. “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.”

The Brooklyn born rapper went on to say, “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.”

Jay Z insisted the attacks against him are unfair.

“Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper  for not speaking immediately?” he said. “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.”

For more on the story, check out [Newsday]



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