On the heels of the Barneys racial-profiling news, a petition has surfaced on Change.org asking “Shawn Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z” to end all partnerships with Barneys New York.

The petition’s creator, Derick Bowers, writes, “We can no longer tolerate blatant prejudice and discrimination. It is clear that the minority buying power is devalued by some. We must withdraw support to those who will not support us.   I’ve been a lifelong Jay Z fan. Jay Z is currently in partnership with Barneys New York for the release of his holiday collection — called “A New York Holiday” (or BNY SCC). Barneys lacks any connection with the black and hip-hop community. And without his vast wealth and brand power, they would see him the same as they see Trayon Christian. Jay Z should be appalled by Barneys actions, and withdraw all support from them. If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are likeminded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer. Please join me in calling on Jay Z to withdraw his support from Barneys New York because of this discrimination.”

Bowers company, Adversitees, also designed an anti-Barneys t-shirt for those who want to publicly make a statement:

The shirt’s description reads:

Discrimination can no longer be tolerated. Hate and fear will no longer be tolerated. We must withdraw support from those who will not support us. All profits from this sale will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of America. This is our response. As Kanye so elegantly put it.. “F**k you and your corporation.”

It’s not only random black people getting profiled at Barneys.  It even happens to one of the most famous faces in modeling history. PIX 11 news happened to catch up with supermodeldude Tyson Beckford as he was leaving the store.


Beckford said, “I might have the most recognizable face in the world.  I still get followed all the time any time I go to a store.  It’s sad.”

He said that he regrets that “even though we have a black president,” young men of color have to assume they’ll be more closely watched in retail establishments.  ”And it’s not just here,” Beckford told PIX11 News, it’s even at discount stores, he said.

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  • I was JUST in Miami (South Beach) for a portion of my vacation two weeks ago. I went to the Zara while there, with my friend (who is a black man.) From the SECOND ( and I am not exaggerating) we walked in that store, we were followed by the security guard.

    Why???? Did we have POSSIBLE THIEF imprinted on our foreheads?? We were both dressed VERY nicely so that surely wasn’t it. And come ON – this is Zara!!!

    He profiled us, not knowing that we were on vacation and had MORE than enough money to purchase what we wanted.

    At one point, we stopped and looked at the guard and said “Really???? You’re just going to follow us??” He ignored us.

    But of course, continued to follow us until we left – disgusted, angry and empty handed.

    • bk chick

      Just got.followed the other day in Zara too. In DC .I’m like please Zara is like a notch up from H&M why do I need to be followed. I walked out but is this happens to me again I will definitely do something about it.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    I was followed/profiled in a boutique by Lincoln Center years ago. All they sold was upscale bath and body products. I picked up a really nice aromatherapy candle to smell it (it was encased in reflective glass). Lo and behold I can see the white sales associate literally glaring at me in the reflective casing of the candle!!! Yes folks, a candle. Not jewelry, not a Fendi bag….a candle.

    I looked at her just as bold and put the candle back on the shelf and walked out.

    Don’t even get me started on the beauty supply stores (which I gave up gladly!).

    I have been profiled so many times, I lost count now……

    When it comes to luxury items, I buy them online (heck if you even know your stuff good, you can snag some serious swag on EBay! Some luxury boutiques do go out of business…..)

    In fact, I believe by next season I can grab that orange suede Celine bag on ebay for $750 (the real thing, not a fake!)


    • So essentially we will support a business no matter how they treat us…

  • Child, Please

    I find it comical that Jay-Z was soooooo upset and angered by Harry Belafonte’s statements to the Hollywood Reporter – mind you he regarded it as a brotha talking to “the white man” about him behind his back – but won’t put his money where his mouth is. I mean, he can’t pick and choose his battles as easily as he thinks. If money truly ain’t thang, he’d drop out of the deal; it’s as simple as that….but this is the same guy who’s tried to profit off Occupy Wall Street.

  • Nakia

    I did not sign this petition. I’d prefer to see ALL Black folks boycott Barney’s, beauty supply stores and any other place that doesn’t respect nor like us as a whole. With online commerce being what it is, and Internet access in the us, there is no reason to subject ourselves to mistreatment, nor to allow others to profit off of it. Let them make their money elsewhere. Same goes for openly racist and discriminatory brands. Jay can take his fair Shari of the responsibility along with the rest of us.