NYC Retailers Meet to Address Racial Profiling

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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.

Source: WWD

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Comments

  • OutHerSpace….

    Why is it that serious?

    • David Warren Jr.

      ….. Because Americans shouldnt be detained by police for being black and shopping.

      • OutHerSpace….

        Thank you Captain OBVIOUS

  • tracy

    All talk and NO action…

  • Mavis Raye

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m gonna follow this and see where it goes. A task force? we shall see……

  • Houston64

    Lets ‘Knockout’ the retail business

  • LP1087

    Hope this mean more “sympathy” minority hiring in the future. Probably not…..but I could use some of that generosity right now, real talk. ” I OWE YA’LL” that’s all ya’ll need to kno