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The luxury designer store has had an infamous history of racially profiling many of it’s black consumers, accusing them of stealing. 3 years ago, a 19 year old African American student Trayon Christian, had filed a lawsuit against the company, following the incident where cops had racially profiled him for credit card fraud after he had purchased a $349 Ferragamo belt there. He believed that the staffers at Barney’s had targeted him because they didn’t think that a young black man like himself could afford such an expensive item, noted by the NY Daily News. Soon after, another lawsuit was filed against Barneys by Kayla Phillips, a nursing student, claiming that Barneys had racially profiled her after she had purchased a $2,500 Céline bag there, according to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.
Both incidents had occurred at Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship store in New York City and were settled in 2014, with the company paying $525,000 in fees and penalties.
Barneys chief executive Mark Lee had later released a statement stating that his company is “pleased” to have reached this agreement with the attorney general’s office, claiming that his company had zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” according to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.
So how come black people are still racially profiled, with it’s most recent incident involving Vic Mensa, an Illinois born rapper?
Cops had accused him of stealing $4,000 worth of Saint Laurent boots. When he was detained, he claimed that the officers did not even know what they stole. Mensa voiced his anger out on SnapChat, saying “That’s the craziest part about it, I went and bought some ill Saint Laurent boots, some more s— from Barneys, and we get all pulled out the f—— car and get accused of stealing. And on top of that, they don’t even know what they think we stole.”
He continued by saying “You can’t be a young black man out here doing anything legal, positive, and you still get treated like a criminal.We don’t have to steal s— man, we could buy nicer s— than you buy for your wife for her right now.”
Do you guys think that Vic Mensa, who is currently signed to Jay Z’s music label, Roc Nation should file a lawsuit against Barneys like Kayla Phillips and