Jay Z Releases Second Barneys Letter

Jay Z performs on day two of the Yahoo Wireless Music Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 13 in London (Joseph Okpako/Getty Images)

In the continuing saga of Barneys' alleged racial profiling scandal, Jay Z has released a second statement concerning his continued partnership with the company.

On Life + Times, the rapper continued to defend his partnership with the high end retailer.

"While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling," Jay wrote. "I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem.

"I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on."

The rapper noted that the collaboration with Barneys is still about "giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation," though instead of the previously-reported 25% of sales, he'll now contribute all of the sales from his Barneys partnership to the foundation.

Jay Z originally defended his deal with Barneys, which is accused of racially profiling two black customers, in a statement last month, saying he was being "demonized."

Read the full statement below.

 

In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.

While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.

As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th.  - Shawn “JAY Z” Carter