On Friday, representatives from some of New York’s biggest retailers met to discuss the recent racial profiling incidents, in hopes to create an immediate solution. Attendees of the meeting included reps from Barneys New York, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Gap Inc.– in addition to civil rights leaders Rev. Al Sharpton, Manhattan borough president Scott M. Stringer and Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference.
The meeting comes just weeks after two African American shoppers at Barneys were accused of using illegal forms of payments yo purchase goods from the store. There were also reported incidents of racial profiling at Macy’s locations in the city.
“It’s just the start of a dialogue, and we’re forming a task force which will be charged with working on industry-wide policies and standards,” Kirsten John Foy the president of the Brooklyn chapter of the National Action Network told WWD. “There are things retailers can do to further engage the communities of color, which their customer base is about… everyone acknowledged there are issues that have to be dealt with, sooner, rather than later.”
The specially created task force is set to have their first meeting today.