Philadelphia: Last week, two black men were arrested at Starbucks after one asked for the bathroom code and was refused because he had not made a purchase. He and his friend were asked to leave, they refused, the police were called, and the men were arrested. Customers filmed the arrest and claimed that the store was racist for expelling the men. Protests and boycotts followed. Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, apologized to the men and announced that more than 8,000 Starbucks stores across the US will close so that 175,000 employees can undergo ‘racial bias training’. Former Attorney General Eric Holder under Obama will help design the training along with officials from the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, the Equal Justice Initiative, and the think tank Demos.
[Most people, even staunch private-property advocates, might find it offensive to be denied access to a toilet in a commercial establishment without having to buy something. I faced that situation about two years ago and was a bit peeved over it. However, I had to admit that the area where this happened had an unusual amount of what appeared to be homeless people, beggars, and drug addicts, and it was clear that they were fully prepared to take up housekeeping in the Starbucks service area if allowed to do so. If the store did not prohibit that, it would have been forced out of business.
The real issue, however, is that neither the writer of this article nor Starbucks’ management challenged the false narrative that these men were refused access because they were black. If so, then why was I, with ruddy-white skin inherited from my Welsh ancestors, also refused a key to a Starbucks restroom? It is disturbing to see how little challenge there is to the false narrative of rampant racism in America.] -GEG
Starbucks will close 8,000 of its company-owned stores in the U.S. on May 29 for one afternoon to make its employees undergo “racial bias training.”
The company said that 175,000 workers would receive this training, which former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder and other experts would have a hand in designing, CNN Money reported.
Other experts responsible for designing the training include executives from progressive think tank Demos, the Equal Justice Initiative, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill, and Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
These experts would also be responsible for judging the training’s effectiveness.
“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.
“While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution,” he said. “Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”
CNBC reported that once the company-owned locations complete the training, the company will make the training available to its licensed partners.
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He wrote that he will teach his boys suspicion, distrust and to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible. Yankah is speaking the rhetoric of victimhood and, by so doing, drives a wedge of resentment and hatred between the races, which will further divide America and end very badly for everyone, regardless of race.