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With pressure mounting for Jay Z to drop his collaboration with Barneys because of their recent racial profiling charges, the rapper felt compelled to release a statement about the controversy.

He posted the below on his site “Life & Times“:

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

Though a petition and even t-shirts were launched urging Jay Z to walk away from this deal, some folks are changing their tune since a portion of the proceeds will help provide an education for people with a low socioeconomic status. To them, the charity aspect helps explain why Jay Z is slow to end his business venture with Barney’s. Others find his response evasive and defensive. What do you think?

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  • R of the Year.

    The ends do not justify the means. This is like saying that it is okay to have a KKK cookout, so long as the proceeds will go toward Blue Ivy’s education.
    #FOH.

  • copelli
    You’re right just this week I saw K. hart shopping at Barney’s buying up the store. Some people justify it by saying we should have the freedom to shop anyway no matter if the store profile us or not. Some people justify it by saying all retailer are racist so not going to one store won’t stop anything.

  • Concerned

    II think Beyoncé nor Michelle Obama has problems at that store. Just saying. We have come a long way as black people but there are people who still harbor prejudices. Until then, Jay Z should have a discussion with Barney’s to find out the issues. That is the great thing that we are able to have someone on the front lines. That is the only way we get progress. Look at old footage of the Martin Luther King’s marches. There were white people marching along with them.

    I know I will get plenty of thumbs down but we HAVE come a long way. And Jay Z pulling out is a step backwards in my opinion. In 1962 there was no Jay Z and Beyonce that had that type of stature in America. And there surely was not an Obama and Michelle Obama that would have gotten to the level they are now. Having them inside is the best thing that happened to us. Think about it. Rebuttals accepted.