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's picture
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.

deertracker

What money did this young girl have?

santown419

Isn't it funny how when they talk about sharpton they always say that. I to want to know what money she had.

SamAdams

Oh, just perfect. Now stores will be afraid to report possible credit card fraud if the shopper isn't white because they'll be afraid of accusations or racism. I WANT stores to report possible credit card fraud! Don't YOU?

Meanwhile, the REAL fraud here is Al Sharpton. In it for the money? Yes. But I suspect that, knowing Sharpton's past history, he's in it JUST as much for the opportunity to be the center of attention yet again!

santown419

You would think that after all to you racism is dead. I'm not biting my tongue either

deertracker

Learn the facts before you start your rant Sham! There was no FRAUD. NONE! The kid made the purchase and was arrested for what? Blacks do have credit cards and we do wear expensive clothes.

SamAdams

I don't suggest the kid was guilty. There was a suspicion of fraud. It was checked out. He was let go. The end.

Would it suck to be questioned concerning something you didn't do? Yes. But if you're a suspect, SHOULDN'T you be questioned? Lots of people suspected of a crime for whatever reason (car's the same color/kind, clothing matches description, had access to a certain place, etc.) are questioned. That's not to suggest any of them are necessarily guilty, either.

My POINT, however, is that with accusations of racism flying every which way, stores will hesitate to question ANYthing. And, as a result, more people of EVERY shade and hue will get away with fraud or theft.

deertracker

This was about RACE! It was wrong! If you want to avoid fraud, simply ask for a photo id with the card! No need to do anything different than what the store policy dictates!

JudgeMeNot

I do not know why any one listens to Al Sharpton at all. He is a mean nasty racist of the worst kind.

deertracker

Get lost!

pepenik99

What do ya mean "our money"

Contango

Re: "We are not going to live in a town where our money is considered suspect and everyone else's money is respected."

IMO, Malcolm X had the right idea: Blacks should only shop at black owned stores.

God bless capitalism.

mikesee

Just wondering if I, a white male, walked into a liquor store in the ghetto section of Harlem and tried to by alcohol would in any way be discriminated against. Probably get my a$$ beat but hey thats ok.

santown419

Just wondering if you could be anymore stupid?

deertracker

Not possible!

mikesee

Really? Are you saying that racism doesn't exist on the opposite side? People like Sharpton flame the fires of racism.

Stop It

Personally, I'd just call you stupid.

mikesee

Its their store if you don't like it don't shop there.

coasterfan

A couple thoughts...

Conservatives dislike being called racists, but let's face it, about 1/3 of the comments in this thread are stunningly racist.

It's a classic Republican ploy, to accuse liberals of the very thing they are guilty of: being a racist.

I think Sharpton is an idiot, too, but that doesn't erase the inescapable truth that racial profiling happens, and it is proof that racism still exists in America, albeit in a less outward form than 50 years ago. When people attack the messenger, instead of the message, it's because they know they don't have a very powerful argument against the message.

My question to TeaParty folks: would you hate Obama and Sharpton as much, if they weren't black?

Bottom Line

Yes

coasterfan

That's cool. I was just doing my job to provide an alternate opinion to the usual TeaParty Hate Fest that we see here daily. You see, when they say "we need to take America back", what they really mean is "we need to return to the days when white folks were the majority voice and minorities sat quietly in the back of the bus". Maybe they would be happier if they just realized that America now is what it has always been: a constantly evolving country of immigrants. Oops, sorry, I know immigration is a dirty word for them - my apologies!

Darwin's choice

Your job? How much does it pay to be an azzhat? Troll! Everything in your unicorn/democrat world must be thrilling.....

shucks

Dummies Choice - always the idiot.

santown419

Most of the ones who "say if you disagree with obama you would be called a racist" are only trying to hide it. Every since Glen Beck and O'Reily have made that claim repubs has been using that as a call. That from a man Beck that plays with pee.

SamAdams

Yes. I'm pretty sure Sharpton would be a blowhard regardless of his skin color, and I'm just as sure Obama would jam his red policies down our collective (ha, ha) throats whether he was black, white, or green.

JudgeMeNot

According to Al Sharpton, just being born white means you're most likely a racist.

Dr. Information

Coaster you are just a bumbling fool of no knowledge. In your world, if you disagree with someone who isn't white, you are racist. You are an incompetent poster and you show your true colors again.

Immigration has been happening since America was discovered. I can never remember hearing anyone say ship anyone who isn't white out of America. ILLEGALS, need to go through the system we already have in place or be shipped out. Pretty simple.

Hey, don't worry though Jay Z is bound to make some solid cash from Barneys even after these allegations.
Jay-Z -- under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers -- said Saturday he's being unfairly "demonized" for just waiting to hear all of the facts.

The rap mogul made his first statement about the controversy in a posting on his website. He has come under fire for remaining silent as news surfaced this week that two young black people said they were profiled by Barneys after they purchased expensive items from their Manhattan store.

An online petition and Twitter messages from fans have been circulating this week, calling on the star to bow out of his upcoming partnership with Barneys for the holiday season, which will have the store selling items by top designers, inspired by Jay-Z, with some of the proceeds going to his charity. He is also working with the store to create its artistic holiday window display.

But Jay-Z -- whose real name is Shawn Carter -- defended himself, saying that he hasn't spoken about it because he's still trying to figure out exactly what happened.

"I move and speak based on facts and not emotion,

deertracker

Jay is being a sell out! Everyone knows what went down but him. Please? SELL OUT!!!!!!!!!! He doesn't have to sever ties just speak what is real like he does in his music.

Dr. Information

So if he was a true "black" he would pull the plug, thus pulling the plug on making millions of dollars? Know what they always say. Money talks, BS walks.

deertracker

He is not making millions or any money at all but Barney's is. His intent to help those get a better education that cannot afford one . I just think he should speak to what's real.

Simple Enough II

Hmm, After reading the article, I see there were only a couple of snipets from theso called offended all the rest of the story was typical railling from sharpton's group. And yes, they way you dress, the way you talk or present yourself is taken in consideration by others, like it or not that is how it is, you can't change that.

deertracker

How exactly did he talk and dress? The clerk was so suspicious that she made the sale before she called the cops? Imagine that! Everyone does not look or dress like Johnboy Walton. You can't change that either

grandmasgirl

No one keeps racism alive like Al and Jesse. I would like to know how many whites have been stopped and searched at Barney's. Let's get all the facts before we bring in these two whiners. BTW, does anyone know of an Al or Jesse type person to stop discrimination against fat people?

The Big Dog's back

No one? Not rush, glenn or sean? Really?

Darwin's choice

And you, troll!

JudgeMeNot

Rush is a radio host, not a politician. Why are you so scared of rush, glenn or sean?

deertracker

Al is a TV show host and civil right's activist not a politician.

santown419

No one keeps racism alive. Like the ones who live in a wonderland and thinks its dead and when it does happen blame it on the victim. I still have yet to see sharpton post on here but yet you and others still condone and don't mind bringing your racism on here.

deertracker

NONE!

JudgeMeNot

Looks like the chickens have come home to roost.

Tired Of The Bull

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Tired Of The Bull

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KURTje

No shortage of hate here......but geez Trayon while not a clotheshorse I can fit ya with a similar belt for half tha price. Might as well call it 3fiddy & a gyp at that!

Dr. Information

I found some sweet clothes on their website. Never knew of this company before all this drama. Just ordered some clothes on the line.

shucks

I just bought Oahu.

shucks

In case you didn't get it - you buying clothes from that store is as believable as me buying a Hawaiian island.