Barneys boycott

Sharpton threatens store action over profile suit.
Associated Press
Oct 26, 2013

The Rev. Al Sharpton threatened Saturday to boycott luxury retailer Barneys if the department store doesn't respond adequately to allegations by black shoppers that they were racially profiled there.

"We've gone from stop and frisk to shop and frisk, and we are not going to take it," the black civil rights leader said. "We are not going to live in a town where our money is considered suspect and everyone else's money is respected."

Two black Barneys New York customers, Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips, said this week they were detained by police after making expensive purchases.

Christian sued Barneys, saying he was accused of fraud after using his debit card to buy a $349 Ferragamo belt in April.

Barneys said Thursday that it had retained a civil rights expert to help review its procedures. The CEO of Barneys, Mark Lee, offered his "sincere regret and deepest apologies."

Kirsten John Foy, an official with Sharpton's National Action Network, said he would meet with Barneys officials on Tuesday to discuss the racial profiling allegations.

"The only theft that took place at Barneys was Barneys' stealing the dignity of these young people," said Foy, who joined Sharpton at his weekly rally at the organization's Harlem headquarters.

Sharpton said black New Yorkers should put shopping at Barneys "on hold" if the retailer's response is inadequate.

The profiling claims also incited criticism on Twitter and an online petition asking rapper Jay-Z, who's collaborating with the luxury retailer for a holiday collection, to disassociate from it.

Macy's was also hit with a lawsuit alleging racial profiling this week.

A black actor on the HBO drama series "Treme" said Friday he was stopped by police because of his race while shopping at Macy's flagship Manhattan store.

Robert Brown said in his lawsuit that he was detained by police June 8 after employees contacted authorities about possible credit card fraud.

Macy's didn't comment on the litigation but said in a statement it was investigating.

Some Sharpton supporters who attended Saturday's rally said they had been profiled in stores, too.

Shane Lee, 51, said he went to the high-end store Bergdorf Goodman to buy shirts last year and the sales staff would not assist him.

"Instead of helping me, they were staring at me," said Lee, who is black. "I felt so uncomfortable that I just left."

A Bergdorf Goodman official did not return a call seeking comment Saturday.

 

Comments

concernedtruth

Oh Al, you are one of the biggest racist in the world today, you have proven that you hate whites and you will do anything to bring down anyone who stands against your black racist radical ideology.

sandtown born a...

He will stand against anything for a payday is more like it.

deertracker

How much is he getting paid and by whom?

JudgeMeNot

Al Sharpton has a net worth of $5 million. He has earned his net worth as host his own radio talk show, Keepin' It Real, and his regular guest appearances on Fox News such as The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, and MSNBC.

Nemesis

When his organization targets a business with accusations, regardless of what the facts are, they never let it go without a payoff. It's a classic shakedown.

neym33

Google is paying 80$ per hour! Just work for few hours & spend more time with friends and family. Yesterday I bought a top of the range Lancia after having made $9458 this month. Its the most-financialy rewarding I've had. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it out http://goo.gl/f6e95V

santown419

I am willing to bet he has done more for whites then you have.

Bottom Line

Oh? Please educate us with specific examples.

sandtown born a...

He's all about the payday!! I have respect for anyone who stands against any and all forms of racism just not the ones looking to collect he will be doing all the tv programs spewing his bs for $$$$$. As far as what I have done for whites or blacks or Asians or even Hispanics you don't know me so don't think you do. I was simply stating facts no payday no Al.

2cents

"who stands against any and all forms of racism"

You can start with the federal government policy!

deertracker

What facts sandtown born? Who is supposedly paying him? Real facts please!

JudgeMeNot

You are blinded by real facts.

santown419

Who's facts yours? What bs has he collected money for? Please elaborate what you have done for whites or anybody?

44846GWP

What?????????????

Kelly

This is probably the only time I've ever agreed with Al Sharpton. What they did was disgraceful.

Darwin's choice

I would like to see the number of black shoplifters that have been caught by the Barneys stores for a comparison. Just to see if they are indeed profiling! Probably not. But Al will never miss a chance to throw his racist azz in the spotlight.....!

Tired Of The Bull

Should that justify what they did to these particular young people? Just curious. What I would like to know is how many other people have they stopped once they leave the store whether they are black or white.

deertracker

@Dagwood
Why do people like you try to change the facts of the story? The kid was not stealing nor was he even suspected of stealing. There was no reason to bother the kid. People like you just can't admit these things still go on. You really need to get informed because you are clueless!

Darwin's choice

Well,azzhat,your brother Sharpton is making accusations of blatant racial profiling. If you'd get out of the field and comprehend what I'd written, you might make a comparison. But, I really doubt you have the capability....

deertracker

Facts or STFU responding to my comments!

Darwin's choice

Really, you racist moonbat!

What facts? Sharpton and you are racist. Fact. Get over yourself.

STFU...hood-talk for something?

SKULLNBONES

If they boycott, shoplifting will go way down. Thank you! Stay home!

santown419

Why because you and your family won't get to steal since they are not watching and following blacks.

deertracker

Exactly!

queenjhb

Al, Al, Al, why not help Detroit get back on its feet, its a much nobler cause.

getit right be4...

If I where to be in a situation where I was treated poorly because of my race the last person I would want speaking on my behalf would be this turd.

Maybe the registers own little race baiter will weigh in. That seems to be what the paper pays him for.

Centauri

I have been profiled because I am not the best dresser when it comes to clothes. I am an extremely clean person when it comes to personal hygiene but I like to dress for my comfort. My clothes are clean. I dress like somebody who has little money. T-shirts and shorts in summer and sweat pants in the winter.

Several years ago, I went to buy a new car. I went into the showroom of a dealership to sit in a car to see how the car would fit me. I have to be comfortable in my car as I am in my clothes. Some salesman chastised for sitting in the car. Ef him! I go and ask another salesperson if I can test drive a very similar car out in the lot. No problem. I test drive the car and decided to buy it.

The look on the other salesman who chastised me and lost a sale was ...

Never judge a person by the color of their skin or how they dress.

The Big Dog's back

It's probably because you were talking to your shoe.

shucks

"Never judge a person by the color of their skin or how they dress"...or by their tin foil hat.

Donegan

Tawana Brawley's money has obviously run out. Time to race bait some more.

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