Over the past several days 2 African Americans have come forward to say that they were racially profiled while shopping at Barney’s stores. Yesterday Barney’s CEO Mark Lee had a statement. After meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton who has urged a boycott of the high end store Lee said,
“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them. Our preliminary investigation has concluded that, in both of these instances, no one from Barneys New York raised any issue with these purchases. No one from Barneys brought them to the attention of our solution internal security, and no one from Barneys reached out to external authorities. I can only speak to what we know from the preliminary investigation. I’m prepared to stand with the Rev. Sharpton and the leaders to effect real change and bring other retailers into the fold. Moving forward there is a broader issue that needs to be addressed and Barneys New York is committed to be part of the solution.”
Looks like Barney’s is putting the racial profiling blame entirely on the New York Police Department for their role in the incidents. Lee went on to apologize to Jay Z saying,
“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Sean Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mister Carter. Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.”
I don’t think Jay Z should pull out from this. He’s trying provide scholarships for college at the expense of other people.