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

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.

4shizzle

I just bought Oahu.

4shizzle

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

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