The “99 Problems” rapper, who stands to make millions in a deal selling exclusive wares at the upscale store over the holidays, has been silent about allegations revealed by the Daily News that two black shoppers were racially profiled after legally purchasing items at Barneys.
He’s failed to respond to numerous requests for comment and ignored a hornet’s nest of controversy on social media. More than 1,500 people have signed a petition calling for him to dissolve his deal with Barneys. Even residents of the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, where he grew up, wondered if he’s forgotten the very community that helped make him rich.
“Jay Z and my son grew up together,” said Effie Hardy, 74, who still lives at the public housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“That could be his family Barneys is profiling. They would’ve done the same thing to him back in the day, before he got to where he is now. He should remember that.”