As the accusations of racism against Barneys New York continues to pick up steam following the reveal of a second discrimination lawsuit, the call for action against the company is growing louder.
A petition has surfaced on Change.org asking "Shawn Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z" to end all partnerships with Barneys New York.
The petition's creator, Derick Bowers, writes, "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."
On November 20th, Jay-Z is launching "A New York Holiday," a collaboration featuring a curated selection of limited-edition products from designers including Balenciaga, Balmain, and Rick Owens. The price of items range from $70 to $33,900 with twenty-five percent of the proceeds set to go to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
While there's no word yet on the rappers' stance since the racist allegations have come to light, Bowers, the creator of the petition, is also using his Brooklyn based t-shirt company to make a strong statement against the retail store.
His company, Adversitees, created a shirt with the message "Barneys New Slaves."The description for the shirt reads:
Discrimination can no longer be tolerated. Hate and fear will no longer be tolerated. We must withdraw support from those who will not support us. All profits from this sale will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of America. This is our response. As Kanye so elegantly put it.. "F**k you and your corporation."
The company says all proceeds from shirt sales will go to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Emails to Jay-Z's publicist were not immediately returned.