End all partnerships with Barneys New York
  • Petitioning Jana Fleishman

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Publicist
Jana Fleishman
Manager
Steven Arcieri

End all partnerships with Barneys New York

    1. Derick Bowers
    2. Petition by

      Derick Bowers

      Brooklyn, NY

Right as Jay Z prepares to roll out a new partnership with Barneys New York for the holiday shopping season, I've been disappointed to hear new allegations about how the retailer treats young black consumers.

Recently, we have learned the shocking news that a young college student Trayon Christian (a black male) was arrested in NYC after making a $350 purchase at Barneys New York. According to The Post, following his purchase, he was stopped by police officers, allegedly called by a Barneys sales clerk, who believed the transaction was fraudulent. After being held in a precinct cell, Trayon was released with no charges.

Just days later, Kayla Phillips, a 21-year-old black woman, came forward with her similar story of discrimination. Kayla says that she was surrounded by police and questioned after she purchased a handbag from the store. She was also incorrectly accused of using a fraudulent card.

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.

To:
Jana Fleishman, Publicist
Steven Arcieri, Manager
End all partnerships with Barneys New York

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Petition Organizer

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      Derick Bowers
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      Derick Bowers
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    22. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Kelly AUSTIN, TX
      • 3 days ago

      It's time to grow up and treat all brothers and sisters the same.. we are the same inside..just the packaging is different..thank God.

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    • Patty Wilder PHOENIX, AZ
      • 8 days ago

      As a black woman living in this day and age, it's sad that we still encounter this type of behavior from the caucasian race. Our money is no good, even if the purchase was made and went through. We are still considered suspicious.

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    • Tracy Lukehart VACAVILLE, CA
      • 11 days ago

      Discrimination is not American or of value! This type of discrimination is all too familiar a story.

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    • Tina Jones CINCINNATI, OH
      • 15 days ago

      Why have a contract with a company that treats your people like criminals when they shop there. That mean we can't even go there and buy his brands without being targeted racially profiled.

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    • The African American communities will always have a Jay Z, we as a people have to stop sipporting parasitesw like Jay Z and Barney's. There was a time when we would refuse to give our dollars to parasites. Black people do not shop in Barney's ans stop supporting Jay Z. This uneducated African American male is totally ignorant. This is a wealthy Black man with money, forget about this creature.

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