Following the latest inflammatory viral video claiming that Starbucks is a company that tolerates racism among employees, the caterwauling by those in the business of fomenting racial unrest it was imperative that something was done to beat back the barbarians.
The corporate suits have apparently decided that throwing a sop to the likes of agitator Shaun King and Black Lives Matter was in order but will it be enough?
According to reports, Starbucks is going to be closing 8,000 domestic locations in May in order to conduct racial bias training to help combat “unconscious” racism which sure as hell sounds a lot like thought crime of the type that would make George Orwell himself cringe.
The move comes after CEO Kevin Johnson met personally with the two black men who were arrested after the police were called on them last week in Philadelphia. The men didn’t purchase anything and had been asked to leave but refused and weren’t customers as much as loiterers or as they were charged – trespassers.
— Starbucks News (@Starbucksnews) April 17, 2018
Two black men were arrested at Starbucks. Its CEO is now calling for "unconscious bias" training. https://t.co/317KsGn7VN
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 16, 2018
According to the Washington Post “Starbucks to close more than 8,000 stores for racial-bias education on May 29 after arrest of two black men”:
Starbucks will close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for an afternoon next month to train employees after two black men were arrested while waiting at one of the coffee chain’s Philadelphia stores last week.
The “racial-bias education” training will occur on May 29 and be provided to nearly 175,000 employees, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The announcement follows days of protest and a personal apology by the company’s chief executive, Kevin Johnson, to the men in a private meeting Monday, a company spokeswoman confirmed to The Washington Post. The spokeswoman, Jamie Riley, did not provide any additional details.
Johnson, who rushed from Seattle to Philadelphia over the weekend as the backlash erupted, also met with Philadelphia’s mayor and police commissioner.
The chief executive has publicly apologized for what he called “reprehensible” circumstances that led to the arrest of the two men at a store in Philadelphia’s Center City district Thursday.
“I will fix this,” Johnson said in a video message.
Separately, he told “Good Morning America” Monday that “what happened to those two gentlemen was wrong” and said the company was reviewing the actions of the store manager who had called police.
“My responsibility is to look not only to that individual but look more broadly at the circumstances that set that up just to ensure that never happens again,” Johnson said Monday.
Starbucks said later that the manager “is no longer at that store.”
Whether it will staunch the bleeding has yet be seen but Johnson and his management team had sure as hell better hope that no more videos get posted on social media.
The early Twitter reaction is predictably mixed:
#Starbucks, closing your stores for one day of "racial-bias" training is bullsh*t! Racism CANNOT be trained away.
Firing employees who practice their racism at your places of business is full-proof plus you don't have to close your businesses.
— Kellie Pryor (@Kellie_Pryor) April 17, 2018
Sitting in Starbucks while being Black resulted in two men being arrested. Racial justice demands implicit bias training for police nationwide, and profound culture change that upholds and protects the dignity of people of color. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/mWXCik1sOq
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 16, 2018
Racial bias training at Starbucks: pic.twitter.com/C8ZPT7qg9U
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 17, 2018
Starbucks deserves all this shit for how they planted themselves in traditional black neighborhoods after gentrication. THAT wasn't by accident, twas a part of their business plan. They are the flag for white people that the neighborhood is/was now safe.
No love lost!
— Razor Ramon (@RoofEOoh) April 17, 2018
Two black men walk into a Starbucks to use the toilet, told no, they sat down to wait for a friend. Asked to leave they refused and the rest is history. Starbucks is now going to close for one day to train 175,000 employees to treat people better. The two men are Heroes . @AP
— Mr. Reynolds (@melreynoldsU) April 17, 2018
So I guess Starbucks will no longer be selling their Watermelon Frappuccino. Thanks a lot, guys!
— Sean Spicier (@sean_spicier) April 17, 2018
Millennials are going to have a collective nervous breakdown https://t.co/G8mty8Pn1I
— Red (@Redpainter1) April 17, 2018
#joke If you need a high-dollar coffee, an unfriendly meeting place, or a place to pee, don’t go to Starbucks during the afternoon of May 29, 2018.
Or you’ll be arrested for trespassing regardless of color
— Leslie Williams (@LeslieWilliamsz) April 17, 2018