Posted: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
By Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) After two highly publicized allegations of racial discrimination launched against Barneys New York one Brooklyn artist has started at petition to ask Jay Z to end his relationship with the luxury department store.
Derick Bowers, founder of the T-shirt company Adversitees, created the Charge.org petition because as he writes "we can no longer tolerate blatant prejudice and discrimination." The self-described lifelong Jay Z fan wants the Hip Hop superstar to halt all ties with Barneys.
Jay is set to launch "A New York Holiday" collection with Barneys next month that includes designs by Balenciaga, Rick Owens, and more. 25% of the sales from the limited edition line are to go to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. In light of the charges of racism many people have expressed their opinion on social media platforms like Twitter that the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper should cut all ties with the store.
Besides starting the petition, Bowers has also decided to protest the business relationship with a new t-shirt design featuring the phrase "Barneys New Slaves." The tag is inspired by the Kanye West line "f**k you and your corporation" from his track "New Slaves." Bowers is donating all the proceeds from the sale of the shirts to the Boys and Girls Club of America.