Joseph Starbucks Set to Close for Racial-Bias Training

Jermaine Castillo
June 1, 2018

The move comes as the coffee shop giant tries to restore its image after a cafe manager in Philadelphia called the police to arrest two black men who were waiting for a friend.

In return for not filing a lawsuit against Philadelphia or its employees, the two men - Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson asked the city spend United States dollars 200,000 to help young entrepreneurs, to which the latter agreed, The New York Times reported.

In an open letter to customers on Tuesday, Mr Schultz thanked them for their "patience and support as we renew our promise to make inclusive gathering place for all".

However, some Twitter users felt inconvenienced by the coffee shop closures and made it known that they don't care "a latte" about social justice, they just want their coffee. Starbucks's workers will be taught about the history of the civil rights movement, and break off into small groups to figure out how bias might manifest in their behavior.

There were exercises of personal reflection asking people to think about when they have thought about their own race, how it has affected their day-to-day lives and interactions with other people.

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"You know, I have a 12-year-old son", he says.

One page of the notebooks had the heading "What makes me, me and you, you?" "Because the Starbucks locations within Target stores are managed by Target and run by our team members, our staff will take part in Target's existing company-wide bias training programs", said a statement on Targets corporate website.

The company quickly apologize for the incident, which it called "reprehensible".

"It's the best thing that they could do", said Delwine Joseph, 29, of West Warwick.

Why? The ostensible justification was that Robinson and Nelson hadn't ordered anything. Starbucks said the training will "address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome".

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The training session also features a film by Stanley Nelson, director of the documentary Freedom Riders.

"Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have unconscious biases", Schultz said at the 2015 session held at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

Starbucks has since changed its policy, allowing anyone to use the bathroom whether they buy something or not.

"Today was a starting point. I think it gets the conversation started", a customer, Brenna Lefcourt said.

Nelson and Robinson reached an agreement with Starbucks for an undisclosed amount of money and offers of a free education.

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