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Jay-Z gets caught in the crossfire of the Barneys racial profiling scandal
In late September, Jay-Z announced he had partnered with luxury department store Barneys New York for “A New York Holiday,” a collection of limited-edition merchandise. Soon after, two African Americans came forward to accuse the N.Y.-based retailer of practicing racial profiling — otherwise known as “shop-and-frisk” — and Jay’s fans called for the rapper to cancel the collaboration. “I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgments, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles?” Hova said in a statement. “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.” The collection was still released, but with much less fanfare than had been planned.

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