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Fresh outrage towards department store Barneys New York surfaced today after a second young black customer came forward with a truly shocking story of racial profiling. Now, a Brooklyn resident named Derick Bowers launched a Change.org petition that questions Jay Z's affiliation with the retailer. For the uninitiated, the rapper has already completed an over-the-top holiday collaboration with upwards of six designers including Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, and Rick Owens to be sold exclusively at Barneys. The petition, which is titled "Shawn Carter aka Jay Z: End all partnerships with Barneys New York," states the following:
Barneys lacks any connection with the black and hip-hop community. And without [Jay Z's] 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.The collaboration is due to launch November 20 at Barneys, and Jay Z's camp has not yet offered a statement.
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