New York’s Attorney General wants Barneys and Macy’s to turn over their stores’ racial profiling policies by this Friday (Nov. 1). The order follows Barneys making a series of headlines for allegedly discriminating against its customers, including 19-year-old Trayon Christian earlier this week.
State AG Eric Schneiderman’s decision to probe the two retailers follows a series of complaints about racial profiling in their Manhattan flagship stores, with African-American shoppers alleging they were unfairly questioned for credit card fraud after making pricey purchases.
Civil rights advocate Rev. Al Sharpton has dubbed the practice “shop and frisk,” a play on the controversial NYPD policy of searching pedestrians for weapons or contraband.
In the past week, the following have come forward with racial discrimination allegations, making front page headlines in New York’s tabloid press, sparking online outrage and now resulting in an AG investigation.
With rapper Jay Z’s collection with Barneys slated to hit stores this holiday season, a petition was started, urging the music mogul to pull out of his collaboration. Shawn Carter then issued a statement on his Life+Times site.
“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?” he wrote.
“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.”
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