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So people’s panties have been in a bunch as they hold their breath for a Jay Z statement regarding the Barney’s racial profiling situation.

Here’s the synopsis.

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Jay and his collaboration with Barney’s New York have been under fire since 19-year-old student Trayon Christian sued both the department store and NYPD last week, claiming he was racially profiled after purchasing a Ferragamo belt. Since then several stories of racial profiling at Barney’s surfaced “The People” soon started calling on Jay Z to end his Holiday collaboration with the department store.

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Hov spoke out yesterday, nope he’s not ending his partnership, but he did explain why he didn’t speak out sooner.

Here’s what he had to say …

This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.

I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.

I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

I agree with the man 100%

“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion.” -Jay-Z

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