In the wake of the recent racial profiling scandal that occurred in a Barneys department store in New York city, Mark Lee, the CEO of the New York retailer is speaking up for the first time. This initial statement comes in the form of a public apology to Jay Z. We recently shared Jay’s comments about the whole incident and his collaboration with Barneys. With the public backlash and outcries growing louder for boycotting the retailer, the CEO offered the following apology.
“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips…We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them….Our preliminary investigation has concluded that, in both of these instances, no one from Barneys New York raised any issue with these purchases….No one from Barneys brought them to the attention of our internal security, and no one from Barneys reached out to external authorities.”
In regards to the racial profiling controversy
“Racial profiling is an extremely serious form of discrimination. We take it very seriously, and if we found that to be factually true we would terminate those individuals…That’s not the policy at Barneys.”
In regards to Jay Z and his foundation
“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Sean Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mister Carter..Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.”