By now you’ve heard about the Barneys fiasco involving two young Black adults being stopped because they made pricey purchases that staff found crime-worthy. I won’t rehash that. I’m writing because of the public outcry for Jay-Z to opt out of his partnership/arrangement/situation/thing with the store. This would signal his (our) intolerance for retail racial-profiling and other unjust shenanigans. Well, he hasn’t done that. And his name has been all over the place as a result. Even on the cover of major newspapers. He didn’t make a statement until this past weekend, which was met with mixed reviews. And while the statement was a source of anger for many, I found a truth in his message. Here’s the snippet from that statement that resonated with me.
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?
You can read the full statement here.
Amidst all the outrage, the potency behind this will go overlooked. But it says a lot about his business mind and what it takes to be successful. And that’s coming from someone who isn’t a supreme Hov fan. I think it’s important that we isolate the role of emotion in our decision-making. Besides, in situations like this, what’s the rush? We’re not gonna undo racist tendencies in a week.
I can’t help but think how many of us make impulse decisions and how often that leads to a bad outcome; whether it be sex we shouldn’t have had, a place we shouldn’t have went, or a card we shouldn’t have swiped. Solid business people don’t make major decisions based on emotion. They make them based on facts and data. So having read what Jay said, I can’t be mad at him…even if someone on his PR team wrote the statement. At the end of the day, Jay-Z is a business man, not the melanin delegate. We can’t force him to represent us because we say so. That’s just not how life works. And honestly, I don’t think its his job.
Imagine if we all made decisions based on what people we’ve never met had to say? We’d be broke. Opportunities missed and bridges burned because we acted based on the impulse of people we’ve never seen or heard. And let’s say you make a bad decision because of them. Are they going to reimburse you for whatever you lost? Probably not. But hey, you appeased them. That’s what’s important right?
Admittedly, where we are is far different from where Jay-Z is, but let’s not forget he’s a person with self-serving interests just like the rest of us. He’s gonna do what’s best for him and who/whatever he’s affiliated with first. This isn’t a bad thing. At least not to me.
What about you?