Jay Z, Racial Profiling, Department Stores, Society.

This past weekend, the humming of the Barney’s incident is becoming a very huge thing. Two shoppers walked into Barney’s (a high-end department store) and was immediately asked a series of questions, along the interruption of cops coming into the mix. Besides the fact that these two people were in fact buying things with their own money and not looking suspicious at all, the employees along with the police began to question where the money came from and why they are in the store.

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As if racial profiling is not as common as the sky being blue for Black America, the other variable in this dilemma is Rap Mogul’s Jay-Z and his economic ties with the department store. 

The Shawn Carter Foundation during the holidays, benefit from the revenue of this department store, as 10% of the proceeds is donated to send high school students in urban areas to college in a scholarship. Because the charity’s founder is Jay Z, the question of whether or not he should pull his charity out of the department store is up for grabs.

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Many believe that this racial disparity of profiling should not be tolerated, and the fact that Jay-Z still has ties with this corporation is disgusting. On the contrary, others feel that because Jay-Z HIMSELF is not making any money from the foundation and profiling exist on the daily, their shouldn’t be a big deal of whether not he should pull his line out….

Let’s really think about this. Are we going to keep allowing racial profiling to exist? If Jay-Z decides to keep his foundation in Barney’s, what message is that sending to the corporation? AND EVEN THE BLACK COMMUNITY? Are we going to continue to brush everything off that feeds this racial disparity? 

Jay-Z, you may be feeling pressured, but really think this through. 

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